technology predictions for 2040 | Future timeline

Read technology predictions for 2040, a year that will see the world transform thanks to disruptions in technology that will impact a wide range of sectors—and we explore some of them below. It’s your future, discover what you’re in for.

technology forecasts for 2040

Forecast
In 2040, a number of technology breakthroughs and trends will become available to the public, for example:
  • 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
  • A new generation of hi-tech supercarriers 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
Prediction
Technology related predictions due to make an impact in 2040 include:

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2021-01-14 Last updated 2020-01-14

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