Predictions for 2025 | Future timeline

Read 595 predictions for 2025, 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.

Quantumrun Foresight prepared this list; A futurist consulting firm that uses strategic foresight to help companies thrive from future trends.

Fast forecasts for 2025

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  • The European Union implements the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) for large companies with more than 250 employees. 1
  • NASA's "Artemis" spacecraft lands on the moon. 1
  • Orbital Assembly Corporation's space hotel "Pioneer" starts orbiting around Earth. 1
  • The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Martian Moons Exploration probe enters Mars' orbit before moving on to its Phobos moon to collect particles. 1
  • The Chile-based Extremely Large Telescope (ETL) is completed and able to gather 13 times more light than existing Earth-based counterparts. 1
  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's deep-space habitat space station, Gateway, is launched, allowing for more astronauts to conduct research particularly for Mars exploration. 1
  • New technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and augmented and virtual realities represent over 25 percent of global Information and Communications Technology spending. 1
  • Growth in traditional tech spending is driven by just four platforms: cloud, mobile, social, and big data/analytics. 1
  • The luxury industry secondhand market grows almost three times faster than the firsthand market annually (13% versus 5%, respectively). 1
  • The European Union implements the final batch of stricter global bank capital rules. 1
  • 76% of financial institutions globally have increasingly used cryptocurrencies or blockchain technologies since 2022 as a hedge against inflation, a form of payment, and for lending and borrowing. 1
  • 90% of companies have seen revenue from intelligent (AI-powered) services increase since 2022, with 87% identifying intelligent products and services as crucial to their business strategies, particularly among the manufacturing and MedTech industries. 1
  • Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investments more than doubled globally, accounting for 15% of all investments. 1
  • Aeronautics startup Venus Aerospace conducts the first ground test of its hypersonic aircraft, Stargazer, designed to perform ‘one-hour global travel.’ 1
  • BepiColombo, a spacecraft launched in 2018 by the European Space Agency and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, finally enters Mercury's orbit. 1
  • Mercedes-Benz and H2 Green Steel partner to help the automaker shift to fossil-free steel as part of a move to zero-carbon auto production by 2039. 1
  • 30% of corporate audits will be performed by artificial intelligence. 1
  • Globally, more trips will be made using car sharing programs than privately owned cars 1
  • Norway bans new sales of gas-powered cars, giving preference to electric cars. 1
  • Microsoft ends support of Windows 10. 1
  • Prescription drugs can be brewed at home 1
  • Brain-reading devices allows wearers to learn new skills quicker 1
  • Smart kitchens that turn cooking into an interactive experience enter the marketplace 1
  • Electronic devices can be charged using Wi-Fi 1
  • Blood test detecting any virus you have had becomes widespread 1
  • Severe food allergies become treatable 1
  • Male contraceptive pills become widely available 1
  • Africa's Green Wall of drought-resistant trees restricts land degredation is completed 1
  • Hepatitis C is eradicated 1
  • Drone usage in agriculture is adopted globally 1
  • Automated construction crews meant to replace human workers begin trails in locations worldwide 1
  • U.S. military uses electricity to stimulate soldiers' brains, increase reaction times and improve attention spans 1
  • Bioengineered skin grafts replicates real skin becomes widely available 1
  • Robotic, mind-controlled prosthetics become widely available. 1,2
  • New device diagnoses pancreatic cancer earlier and faster 1
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) will become the leading cause of liver transplants 1
  • Cost of solar panels, per watt, equals 0.8 US dollars 1
  • Global reserves of Nickel is fully mined and depleted 1
  • Dubai's "Dubailand" is fully built 1
  • Abu Dhabi "Masdar City" is fully built 1
  • World population forecasted to reach 8,141,661,000 1
  • Share of global car sales taken by autonomous vehicles equals 10 per cent 1
  • World sales of electric vehicles reaches 9,866,667 1
  • Average number of connected devices, per person, is 9.5 1
  • Global number of Internet connected devices reaches 76,760,000,000 1
  • Predicted global mobile web traffic equals 104 exabytes 1
  • Global Internet traffic grows to 398 exabytes 1
  • Worst case forecasted rise in global temperatures, above pre-industrial levels, is 2 degrees Celsius 1
  • Forecasted rise in global temperatures, above pre-industrial levels, is 1.5 degrees Celsius 1
  • Optimistic forecasted rise in global temperatures, above pre-industrial levels, is 1.19 degrees Celsius 1

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