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What 2050 will look like | Future Forecast

Read predictions for 2050, 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.

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  • Most of the fish stocks that existed in 2015 are now extinct. 1
  • 6 million people now die per year from complications with air pollution. 1
  • Nearly 2 billion people now live in countries with absolute water scarcity, mostly in the Middle East and North African regions. 1
  • 5 billion of the world's projected 9.7 billion people now live in water-stressed areas. 1
  • Neurotechnologies enable users to interact with their environment and other people by thought alone. 1
  • 6.3 billion people will live in cities. 1
  • Half of the world's population will be short-sighted 1
  • Toyota stops selling gasoline cars 1
  • Coffee becomes a luxury due to climate change and the loss of suitable farming land 1
  • Skyscrapers (an arcology) that function as cities are built to address growing populations 1
  • Athabasca Glacier disappears by losing 5 metres per year since 2015 1
  • China's "South-to-North Water Transfer Project" is fully built 1
  • World population forecasted to reach 9,725,147,000 1
  • Share of global car sales taken by autonomous vehicles equals 90 per cent 1
  • World sales of electric vehicles reaches 26,366,667 1
  • (Moore's Law) Calculations per second, per $1,000, equals 10^23 (equal to all human brain power globally) 1
  • Average number of connected devices, per person, is 25 1
  • Global number of Internet connected devices reaches 237,500,000,000 1
  • Worst case forecasted rise in global temperatures, above pre-industrial levels, is 2.5 degrees Celsius 1
  • Forecasted rise in global temperatures, above pre-industrial levels, is 2 degrees Celsius 1
  • Optimistic forecasted rise in global temperatures, above pre-industrial levels, is 1.89 degrees Celsius 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Brazilian population is 45-49 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Mexican population is 50-54 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Middle East population is 35-44 1
  • Largest age cohort for the African population is 0-4 1
  • Largest age cohort for the European population is 60-64 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Indian population is 35-39 1
  • Largest age cohort for the Chinese population is 60-64 1
  • Largest age cohort for the United States population is 20-34 1

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

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