130 predictions for 2023 | Future forecast

What 2023 will look like | Future Forecast

Read 130 predictions for 2023, 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 2023
  • France’s national railway operator, SNCF, introduces prototypes of driverless mainline trains for passengers and freight. 75% 1
  • The annual defense spending increases by 3% to €44 billion compared to €34 billion in recent years. 90% 1
  • Revenue from Indian over-the-top media services—where content is distributed directly to viewers through the internet, bypassing cable, broadcast, and satellite television platforms—has increased to $120 million from $40 million in 2018. Likelihood: 90% 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
  • The federal government's IT infrastructure has been entirely modernised this year to keep records secure and reduce the risk of cybersecurity threats. Likelihood: 60% 1
  • NASA lands a rover to the moon between 2022 to 2023 to find water in advance of the US' return to the moon during the 2020s. (Likelihood 80%) 1
  • Between 2022 to 2026, the worldwide shift from smartphones to wearable augmented reality (AR) glasses will begin and will accelerate as the 5G rollout is completed. These next-generation AR devices will offer users context-rich information about their environment in real-time. (Likelihood 90%) 1
  • Between 2022 to 2024, India's state of Telangana completes the world's biggest lift irrigation project to address the state's agriculture drought challenges. (Likelihood 90%) 1
  • Between 2022 to 2024, cellular vehicle-to-everything technology (C-V2X) will be included in all new vehicle models sold in the US, enabling better communication between cars and city infrastructure, and reducing accidents overall. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • The US, Australia, India and Japan jointly announce a joint regional infrastructure scheme designed as an alternative to China’s massive Belt and Road Initiative and an attempt to counter Beijing’s growing geopolitical influence. Likelihood: 70% 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
  • The Federal Reserve launches a real-time payment service (Called FedNow) between 2023 and 2024 to accelerate the modernization of the US payments network. This initiative will help the poorest Americans by helping them get access to money faster and pay fewer bank fees overall. Likelihood: 90% 1
  • UK government commits to expanding wind energy projects, as the country now accounts for 35% of Europe’s offshore wind energy. Likelihood: 40% 1
  • Cigarette smoking levels now at an all-time low, with only 11% of the population identifying as smokers. Public health campaigns help to solidify Britain’s position as a global leader on tobacco control. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • The government expects to award a contract for a new fleet of 88 fighter jets between 2022-24, with deliveries by the mid-2020s and a fully modernized air force by the early 2030s. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • Between 2022 to 2025, Canada enacts a universal, single-payer public pharmacare system worth $15 billion that will draft a national list of prescription medicines that will be covered by the taxpayer. Likelihood: 60% 1
  • Canada's carbon tax now raises over $6 billion annually from polluters, which the government rebates to citizens living in provinces participating in the carbon tax program. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • The northern Canadian territory of Nunavut finally gains access to gigabit level internet connectivity thanks to a completing underwater internet cable laid from neighboring Greenland. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • The Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion to be completed between 2022 to 2024, thereby enabling a more efficient shipment of crude oil from Alberta to Vancouver and then out to Asian markets. It will also add 590,000 barrels of daily shipping capacity, a 15% Likelihood: 60% 1
  • The Canadian government decriminalizes the possession and consumption of all illicit drugs in a shift toward treating addicts instead of incarcerating them between 2023 to 2024. Likelihood: 50% 1
  • Canadians with criminal records will have their cannabis-related convictions pardoned between 2020 and 2023. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • UN finally delivers climate plan to reduce emissions caused by global shipping industry. 1
  • The first government to replace its census with big-data technologies 1
  • 10% of reading glasses will be connected to the internet. 1
  • 80% of people on earth will have a digital presence online. 1
  • 90% of the global population will have a supercomputer in their pocket. 1
  • Acoustic earthquake shield developed to protect cities from earthquakes begin seeing initial use 1
  • Modifying genes to renew all body issues to youthful versions becomes possible 1
  • Cost of solar panels, per watt, equals 1 US dollars 1
  • World population forecasted to reach 7,991,396,000 1
  • World sales of electric vehicles reaches 8,546,667 1
  • Predicted global mobile web traffic equals 66 exabytes 1
  • Global Internet traffic grows to 302 exabytes 1

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Corporate Forecasts for 2020
  • Microsoft opens new Canadian headquarters in downtown Toronto. 1

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