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Read 138 predictions for 2040, 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 2040
  • The Holzkirchen geothermal power plant now provides power for 1.5 million people, making it the world’s first municipality of its size to heat most of its homes and businesses with geothermal energy. Likelihood: 90% 1
  • The first set of 12 new military submarines for Australia's Navy have arrived from France. Likelihood: 90% 1
  • California’s entire fleet of public transit buses are now fully electric. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • Between 2040 to 2043, several US states begin the construction of massive sea walls to defend their coastal cities against rising sea levels. The costs of these sea walls nationally will rise to over $400 billion. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • 6th generation fighter planes will enter military service between 2032 to 2036, replacing the F35. These new fighters will feature next-gen stealth, laser, and artificial intelligence technologies, along with hypersonic engines, and the ability to operate with or without human pilots. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • The US begins withdrawing its military presence from most Middle East nations between 2035 to 2040 as the demand for oil collapses due to electric vehicles, AV car fleets, and sufficient domestic oil and gas production. Likelihood: 60% 1
  • The farming industry reaches carbon-neutrality ten years before the government’s target for the entire country. Likelihood: 50% 1
  • The world’s first fusion energy reactor is now running in the UK. It produces hundreds of megawatts of net electrical energy. Likelihood: 30% 1
  • Every public transit bus in the province of British Columbia is now fully electric. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • 35% of the 'meat' consumed by Canadians is now cultured in industrial labs. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • 25% of the 'meat' consumed by Canadians is now composed of plant-based vegan alternatives. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • Over 90% of plastic packaging used/sold in Canada is now fully recyclable or "recoverable" and entirely diverted from landfills. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • Regardless of any measures to slow global greenhouse gas emissions, the arctic is now locked into a devastating temperature rise. As a result, between 2040 to 2050, 70% of the homes and infrastructure built on top of permafrost in Canada's northernmost provincial regions and territories are at risk of severe damage. Likelihood: 70% 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
  • Toronto's new IDEA District, a public-private urban development project that was planned and partially-financed by Google, is completed. Likelihood: 60% 1
  • Between 2030 to 2040, the Atlantic (eastern) provinces of Canada begin to face more severe and expensive weather events (hurricanes and heavy snowfalls) on a more regular basis. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • Between 2030 to 2040, southern Quebec begins to experience more regular flooding from overflowing rivers and lake banks. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • The wildfire season will begin to lengthen between 2030 to 2040, especially in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. Wildfires will become an increasingly large source of carbon dioxide emissions. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • Climate change will start warming the Northern regions of provinces faster between 2030 to 2040, ultimately impacting communities faster than in southern regions. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • Between 2030 to 2040, forests across Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec gradually move northward, shrink in size, and increasingly suffer from invasive alien species and pathogens. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • Farmers in the western provinces begin experiencing more crop failures between 2030 to 2040, due to unusual weather. However, the extended warm growing seasons may allow some farmers of certain crops to increase their total annual crop yields. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • Warmer temperatures will increase the area that disease-carrying insects can expand to between 2030 to 2040, exposing more citizens to vector-borne illnesses, like Lyme disease and West Nile virus. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • Property damage and insurance premiums become more expensive across Canada between 2030 and 2040, as homeowners are forced to invest in improving the weather resilience of their homes and technologies for heating or cooling during extreme temperatures. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • People that live along the eroding shorelines of British Columbia and the Atlantic provinces will have to consider relocating between 2035 and 2040, due to the increased risk of flooding and sea level rises. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • World oil prices crash sometime between 2035 and 2040 as an increasingly sizeable percentage of the planet switches to electric vehicles and carsharing fleets, as well as renewable sources of electricity production. Oil-producing provinces, like Alberta, will see their economy sink into a deep recession as hundreds of thousands are laid off in waves, causing significant civil unrest across the country. Likelihood: 70% 1
  • The province of British Columbia 'vehicle purchase law' comes into effect requiring all cars and trucks sold in the province to be zero-emission. Likelihood: 80% 1
  • Canada's entire fleet of four military submarines is officially retired, prompting defense industry bids for the nation's replacement fleet of next-generation submarines. Likelihood: 90% 1
  • By 2040 to 2043, Alberta now sells more clean-hydrogen than crude oil exports due to market shift toward electric vehicles and utility-scale renewables. Likelihood: 50% 1
  • Canada passes into law a Universal Basic Income for all citizens between 2040 to 2042. Likelihood: 50% 1
  • Nestle invents a device that designs meals around individuals' nutrient needs. 1
  • Memory implants could be used to speed-up time for prisoners, allowing them to serve maximum sentences in a day 1
  • Scientists can erase and restore memories 1
  • Tobacco is largely eradicated due to farm land increasingly reserved for food production 1
  • A new generation of hi-tech supercarriers 1
  • World population forecasted to reach 9,157,233,000 1
  • Share of global car sales taken by autonomous vehicles equals 50 per cent 1
  • World sales of electric vehicles reaches 19,766,667 1
  • (Moore's Law) Calculations per second, per $1,000, equals 10^20 1
  • Average number of connected devices, per person, is 19 1
  • Global number of Internet connected devices reaches 171,570,000,000 1
  • Predicted global mobile web traffic equals 644 exabytes 1
  • Global Internet traffic grows to 1,628 exabytes 1
  • Optimistic forecasted rise in global temperatures, above pre-industrial levels, is 1.62 degrees Celsius 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Brazilian population is 35-44 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Mexican population is 40-44 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Middle East population is 30-39 1
  • Largest age cohort for the African population is 0-4 1
  • Largest age cohort for the European population is 50-54 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Indian population is 25-29 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Chinese population is 50-54 1
  • Largest age cohort for the United States population is 15-24 and 45-49 1

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Corporate Forecasts for 2021
  • Tata Motors unveils four new electric vehicle models compared to 2 models in 2019. 1
  • Google completes a powerful new internet cable, called Equiano, from Europe to Nigeria, improving network capacity for these countries by 20 times. 1
  • Google completes a powerful new internet cable, called Equiano, from Europe to South Africa, improving network capacity for these countries by 20 times. 1

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