What 2020 will look like | Future Forecast

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Fast Forecast for 2020
  • India completes a massive optical fiber network that connects 600 million rural citizens to the Internet. 1
  • Japan completes exaflop supercomputer using ARM processors. 1
  • Star Wars Anthology: Boba Fett' movie is released in theaters. 1
  • China wants to land probe on dark side of the moon. 1
  • China completes its reform of its military, shrinking it by 300,000 soldiers and modernizing how it operates overall. 1
  • Godzilla vs Kong movie hits theaters. Fake property insurance companies fear the worst. 1
  • Harriet Tubman will replace president Andrew Jackson on the US $20 bill. 1
  • The Paris climate change deal comes into effect with the goal of keeping global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) compared with pre-industrial times. 1
  • Solar becomes more economical than regular electricity in more than half of the U.S. 1
  • The PS5 debuts. 1
  • More people will own a phone than have electricity. 1
  • There are 6.1 billion smartphone users globally, overtaking basic fixed phone subscriptions. 1
  • Legal marijuana sales to hit $23B in the United States. 1
  • Cancer treatments begin the same day as diagnosis 1
  • Robot exoskeleton to help elderly persons remain active becomes widely available for purchase 1
  • World's first robot Olympics held in Japan 1
  • First laser weapons used in combat 1
  • Cost of solar panels, per watt, equals 1.2 US dollars 1
  • Global reserves of Antimony is fully mined and depleted 1
  • London's "Stratford City" is fully built 1
  • China completes the world's largest rail system (120,000 km) 1
  • New Zealand's "Rebuilding of Christchurch" is fully built 1
  • Indonesian's "Sunda Strait Bridge" is fully built 1
  • Congo's "Great Inga Dam" is fully built 1
  • Scandinavia and Germany's "Fehmarn Belt Fixed Link" is fully built 1
  • China's "Great City" is fully built 1
  • Venera-D space probe to reaches Venus 1
  • Giant Magellan Telescope goes into operation 1
  • Overwhelmingly Large Telescope (OWL) goes into operation 1
  • World population forecasted to reach 7,758,156,000 1
  • Share of global car sales taken by autonomous vehicles equals 5 per cent 1
  • World sales of electric vehicles reaches 6,600,000 1
  • (Moore's Law) Calculations per second, per $1,000, equals 10^13 (one mouse brain) 1
  • Average number of connected devices, per person, is 6.5 1
  • Global number of Internet connected devices reaches 50,050,000,000 1
  • Predicted global mobile web traffic equals 24 exabytes 1
  • Global Internet traffic grows to 188 exabytes 1
  • Number of Internet users worldwide reaches 3,580,000,000 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Brazilian population is 15-24 and 35-39 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Mexican population is 20-24 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Middle East population is 20-24 1
  • Largest age cohort for the African population is 0-4 1
  • Largest age cohort for the European population is 35-39 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Indian population is 0-9 and 15-19 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Chinese population is 30-34 1
  • Largest age cohort for the United States population is 25-29 1

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