Predictions for 2021 | Future timeline

Read 470 predictions for 2021, a year that will see the world transform in big and small ways; this includes disruptions throughout our culture, technology, science, health and business sectors. It’s your future, discover what you’re in for.

Fast forecasts for 2021

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  • Ethereum's Casper and Sharding protocols are fully implemented. 1
  • The first robotic pharmacist will arrive in the US. 1
  • Over 80% of web traffic is now video. 1
  • Mass production of self-driving cars commences in China. 1
  • The end of cables, wireless power becomes common in homeholds 1
  • Translation earbuds allow instantaneous translation, making foreign travel much easier 1
  • Cost of solar panels, per watt, equals 1.1 US dollars 1
  • World population forecasted to reach 7,837,028,000 1
  • World sales of electric vehicles reaches 7,226,667 1
  • Predicted global mobile web traffic equals 36 exabytes 1
  • Global Internet traffic grows to 222 exabytes 1

Country forecasts for 2021

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Technology forecasts for 2021

Technology related predictions due to make an impact in 2021 include:

Russia urges US to extend nuclear pact due to expire in 2021. Vote on this forecast
United Kingdom engineers are sending this weird spider bot to the moon. Vote on this forecast
The US government will be scanning your face at 20 top airports, documents show. Vote on this forecast
America’s first exascale supercomputer to be built by 2021. Vote on this forecast
Over 500 million users to access internet in Indian languages by 2021. Vote on this forecast
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Business news for 2021

Business related predictions due to make an impact in 2021 include:

'I wish I'd delayed coming to the UK' : Overseas students call for further visa extensions. Vote on this forecast
'India to add 10k MW wind energy capacity in 2021'. Vote on this forecast
India – flexible workforce expected to double by 2021. Vote on this forecast
Tata Motors to launch 4 new electric vehicles in India by 2021-end, Nexon EV to be one of them. Vote on this forecast
Indian e-commerce market to touch USD 84 billion in 2021 . Vote on this forecast
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Science forecasts for 2021

Science related predictions due to make an impact in 2021 include:

The US government will be scanning your face at 20 top airports, documents show. Vote on this forecast
America’s first exascale supercomputer to be built by 2021. Vote on this forecast
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Health forecasts for 2021

Health related predictions due to make an impact in 2021 include:

Commissioner recommends updating Canada's Official Languages Act by 2021. Vote on this forecast
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2021-01-14 Last updated 2020-01-14

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