Predictions for 2040 | Future timeline

Read 0 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

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  • 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

Country forecasts for 2040

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Technology forecasts for 2040

Technology related predictions due to make an impact in 2040 include:

Forecast: Autonomous-vehicle sales to top 33 million in 2040. Vote on this forecast
California plans to go fully electric with its bus fleets in the next 22 years. Vote on this forecast
US plastics industry sets 100 percent packaging diversion goal. Vote on this forecast
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Business news for 2040

Business related predictions due to make an impact in 2040 include:

Forecast: Autonomous-vehicle sales to top 33 million in 2040. Vote on this forecast
US plastics industry sets 100 percent packaging diversion goal. Vote on this forecast
India aiming at attracting 5 million cruise tourists by 2040. Vote on this forecast
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Culture forecasts for 2040

Culture related predictions due to make an impact in 2040 include:

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We’re living in an age of minority rule. Vote on this forecast
In about 20 years, half the population will live in eight states. Vote on this forecast
By 2040, Islam could be the second-largest religion in the US. Vote on this forecast
India would need 75,000 to 80,000 judges by 2040, says report. Vote on this forecast
Indian population aging fast, warns govt report. Vote on this forecast
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Health forecasts for 2040

Health related predictions due to make an impact in 2040 include:

Number of homeless in Britain expected to double by 2041, Crisis warns. Vote on this forecast
The UK government are funding elderly care robots. Vote on this forecast
India will need 7,300 cancer doctors by 2040 as chemotherapy need and cancer cases rise. Vote on this forecast
Cancer rates in India set to double by 2040. Vote on this forecast
Reserve bank governor says Australia's high immigration levels boosted economy. Vote on this forecast
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2021-01-14 Last updated 2020-01-14

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