56 predictions for 2050 | Future forecast

What 2050 will look like | Future Forecast

Read 56 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.

Fast Forecasts for 2050
  • Rising sea levels and unpredictable weather patterns have led to annual cases of extreme sea-level events, displacing a significant number of Australian communities. Likelihood: 60% 1
  • Between 2045 to 2050, some humans turn to bionic enhancements to improve their mental and physical capabilities, a divergent human and cyborg class may emerge, splitting the human population not just by race, but by ability and potentially creating new sub-species. (Likelihood 65%) 1
  • Due to climate change, most US cities in the Northern Hemisphere will have the climates of today’s (2020) cities more than 620 miles to their south. 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 UK’s ambitious plan to get to zero carbon emissions is behind schedule. Likelihood: 50% 1
  • Over 90% of all privately-owned and carshare fleet vehicles in Canada are now fully electric. Likelihood: 90% 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
  • Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal now experience a mean annual temperature that is 3 degrees Celsius higher than in 2019; Calgary will see a 2-degree increase. These climate change increases will add significant strain on urban infrastructure that was built and designed for colder climates. 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
  • Most of the fish stocks that existed in 2015 are now extinct. 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
  • 6 million people now die per year from complications with air pollution. 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
Corporate Forecasts for 2020
  • Microsoft opens new Canadian headquarters in downtown Toronto. 1
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