282 predictions for 2021 | Future forecast

What 2021 will look like | Future Forecast

Read 282 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
  • Russia’s Runet law comes into force, enabling the Russian government to cut off its domestic internet services from the world at will. (Likelihood 100%) 1
  • Between 2020 to 2023, a periodic solar event called a "grand minimum" overtakes the sun (lasting through 2070), resulting in diminished magnetism, infrequent sunspot production and less ultraviolet (UV) radiation reaching Earth — all bringing a cooler per Likelihood: 50% 1
  • India's travel spends to grow to $136 billion by 2021, a 13% rise from 2018. Likelihood: 90% 1
  • European Union enacts a ban on most single-use plastics. (Likelihood 100%) 1
  • America’s first exascale supercomputer, called Aurora, is now operational and will be used to accelerate data analysis for a variety of scientific disciplines. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • The US military field tests its next-generation cruise missile, a technology previously banned under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that was cancelled during Trump’s first term. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • The US ramps up its trade and infrastructure investments across Africa between 2021 to 2024 to better counter China’s fast-growing influence on the continent. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • US wireless consumers in most urban centers will start gaining access to 5G devices and connectivity between 2020 to 2022. Likelihood: 90% 1
  • A US recession surfaces between 2020 and 2022, this time caused by excessively high levels of corporate debt. An interest rate rise is argued as the likely culprit since over-leveraged companies collapsed under the weight of their loan repayment terms. Likelihood: 60% 1
  • Updated government regulations allow for a 200% growth in storage for wind and solar energies, potentially reducing costs for consumers. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • Stronger Customer Authentication implements new frameworks for identity confirmation for customers making payments or purchases online. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • With little to no growth in business investment, the UK economy risks dipping into a recession amid Brexit tensions and uncertainties between 2020 and 2022. Likelihood: 50% 1
  • Major UK banks now required to publish “living wills” to disclose resolvability assessments, ensuring taxpayers are not responsible for bank bailouts during a future recession. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • Nationwide 'Free Willy' ban goes into effect, making it illegal to hold dolphins and whales in captivity. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • The province of British Columbia's new minimum wage is now set to $15 per hour. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • Canada's Official Languages Act to be fully modernized this year. Likelihood: 60% 1
  • Between 2020 to 2021, the federal government will hold telecommunications auctions for wireless spectrums that can be used to build ultra-fast 5G networks. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • Nation-wide ban on single-use plastics goes into effect. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • Canada enacts a progressively increasing carbon tax in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec between 2020 to 2022. Likelihood: 50% 1
  • National housing prices rise by 3%. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • Canadians with criminal records will have their cannabis-related convictions pardoned between 2020 and 2023. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • To build climate change resilience, Canada updates its building codes with new specifications to optimize pavement concrete mixes to mitigate flooding. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • To build climate change resilience, Canada updates its building codes with new guidelines for climate resilience for existing stormwater systems. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • 5G spectrum auctions to be sold between 2020 to 2021 to accelerate the build-out of a national 5G network. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • 5G internet connectivity to be introduced into major Canadian cities between 2020 to 2022. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • A government ban on single-use plastics goes into effect. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • Electronic logging devices are now mandatory on all commercial trucks and buses nationwide in an effort to place a daily limit on how long drivers can stay on the road. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • Since 2019, Canada has welcomed one million new immigrants in an effort to stem its falling birth rates. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • Health Canada restricts the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides in the agricultural industry starting between 2021 to 2022, in an effort to reverse the decline of Canadian bee populations. Likelihood: 100% 1
  • NAFTA 2.0 goes into full effect, redefining the trading relationship between Canada and its partners in the US and Mexico. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • Canada ends its maritime security mission in the Middle East, withdrawing the deployment of a frigate, patrol aircraft, and up to 375 Canadian Forces personnel. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • Canada to contribute AI and robotics technology (and possibly astronauts) to the US moon mission starting this year. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • 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

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