2020 Chinese Year: Rat (Jan. 25). Africa's urban pop. reaches 63% (14% in 1960, 40% in 1997). On July 24-Aug. 9 the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. On Oct. 20 the 2020 World Expo in Dubai (ends Apr. 10, 2021). Harriet Tubman replaces Andrew Jackson on the front of the U.S. $20 bill. Liberia becomes the first nation to stop cutting down trees in return for $150M in development aid from Norway. Inventions: In July the NASA Mars 2020 mission is launched from Cape Canaveral, carrying the Chinese Mars Rover, carrying cameras and microphones to search for life, landing next Feb. and bringing back samples. The European Space Agency Euclid spacecraft is launched to study dark energy and dark matter by measuring the acceleration of the Universe via galaxy redshift. The first hi-speed train in the U.S. begins operation between Los Angeles and San Francisco in Calif. The China-to-England High Speed Train begins operation. Nissan begins selling its first autonomous vehicles. China leads the world in no. of papers pub. in academic journals? Artificial intelligence (AI) reaches human levels (Arthur C. Clarke). Moore's Law reaches a limit? Sensors implanted in human brains will use brain waves to control computers (Intel Corp.). The Giant Magellan Telescope is built, sporting the world's largest mirrors (until ?). The Square Kilometre Array radio telescope in South Africa and Australia begins observations.
2021 Chinese Year: Ox. Thanks to global warming, the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Japan is ice-free for the first time in 11.7K years? The EU bans single use plastics incl. plastic straws, forks, and knives. Teenysoft founder Gill Bates is murdered, and his wife Mistress Mona gains control, launching the world into a roller-coaster ride while the family struggles for control - (TLW, The Incredible Billion Dollar Geek). Sports: On Sept. 18 the U. of Okla. and U. of Neb. football teams meet for the first time since Dec. 4, 2010.
2022 Chinese Year: Tiger. Global warming has hit overcrowded New York City (pop. 40M), and all natural resources have been destroyed, causing the govt. to secretly recycle human bodies as food - (the film Soylent Green). On Feb. 4-20 the 2022 (XXIV) (24th) Winter Olympics in Beijing, China. Israel will cease to exist, according to Lebanese cleric Maher Hamoud. Inventions: The European Space Agency (ESA) JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) spacecraft is launched to carry out the most thorough exploration of Jupiter and its moons since NASA's Galileo mission in 1989-2003. Sports: The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
2023 Chinese Year: Rabbit. A Mars colony is established by the nonprofit Netherlands-based Mars One org. Unemployed Hollywood actors replaced by VR stage a desperate publicity stunt - (TLW, Dire Straits). The end of the world date according to Ian Gurney in The Cassandra Prophecy. The copyright on Sherlock Holmes finally expires. Inventions: The Fluorescent Explorer (FLEX) satellite is launched by the European Space Agency to measure photosynthetic activity by mapping vegetation fluorescence; it has a lifespan of five years. Robots outnumber human soldiers in the U.S. Army by 10 to 1.
2024 Chinese Year: Dragon. Science: China puts a man on the Moon by this year, along with the U.S. After the Overwhelmingly Large Telescope (OWL) (100m diam.) is scrapped as too expensive, the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) begins operation.
2025 Chinese Year: Snake. World pop.: China 1.43B, India 1.36B, U.S. 346M, Indonesia 272M, Pakistan 252M, Brazil 219M, Nigeria 204M, Bangladesh 181M, Russia 137M, Mexico 131M, Japan 121M, Ethiopia 118M, Philippines 108M, Zaire 106M, Vietnam 104M; even with immigration, the largest "sustained reduction in European population since the Black Death of the 14th century" afflicts the European Union (EU); China becomes predominantly urban (two-thirds rural in 2001). A Catholic Holy Year: the Shroud of Turin is publicly displayed for the first time since 2000 (once every 25 years). Anheuser-Busch Inbev becomes 100% dependent on renewable energy sources. Science: NASA lands humans on an asteroid 5M mi. from Earth. The Russian Luna 25 (Luna-Glob) Lander lands on the Moon's S Pole, followed by Luna 26 in ? Luna 27 in ?, Luna 28 in ?, and Luna 29 in ?; in ? the Russian Luna 27 mission sends a rover to the Moon to scout resources for a future colony; the European Space Agency (ESA) assists with the Pilot laser-guider for landing, a drill, and a pocket-sized lab for scooped-up material. Full-immersion virtual reality is now possible (Arthur C. Clarke). Sex with humanoid robots becomes common practice (Ian Pearson). The world economy has collapsed, and the super-rich run and control everything and everybody with a totalitarian police state - Stephen King's The Running Man (1982).
2026 Chinese Year: Horse. On Nov. 13 (Fri.), world. pop. becomes infinite, according to the Doomsday Equation of Vienna, Austria-born Heinz von Foerster (1911-2002). China passes the U.S. as the #1 world economy. Sports: The 2026 FIFA World Cup is hosted by 16 cities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, with the U.S. hosting the final; the tournament is expanded from 32 to 48 teams.
2027 Chinese Year: Sheep. The Muslim Mahdi will appear during the month of Ramadan after there is a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse.
2028 Chinese Year: Monkey. Americans live under permanent martial law and never leave home, instead leaving everything to Internet Generation 5 - (TLW, The Day the Towers Fell).
2029 Chinese Year: Chicken. On Apr. 1 (Sun.) Easter falls on April Fool's Day (next 2040). On Apr. 13 (Fri.) the asteroid Apophis has a close encounter with Earth; next one 2036; Russia sends a space system to bump it away from an Earth collision? Human rebel leader John Connor sends the Terminator back in time to 1984 to save his mother so he can be born - James Cameron, The Terminator (1984). America crashes and drowns under billions of third world immigrants - (TLW, Falling from Point Mugu).
2030 Chinese Year: Dog. The 65 and older pop. of the U.S. increases to 72M (from 35M in 2005), making up 20% of U.S. pop. World Muslim pop. reaches 2.2B (26.4%), vs. 1.6B (23.4%) in 2010; between 2030-35 the new babies born to Christian mothers (224M) will be fewer than those born to Muslim mothers (225M). China matches the U.S. in CO2 output. A Maunder Minimum begins, causing a mini ice-age (until 2040)? The first Hypersonic Spaceplane by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CATSC) that can take off and land on a runway goes into operation.
2031 Chinese Year: Pig.
2032 Chinese Year: Rat. On June 8 the 1400th anniv. of Muhammad's death.
2132 The 2032 Summer Olympics in Gaza. Mars One launches its Mars lander.
2033 Chinese Year: Ox. America is nuked by the United States of Islam, and the West spirals downwards towards a new Dark Ages - (TLW, Five Smooth Stones). A near-collision with a comet has changed Earth's ecological balance, it hasn't rained in 11 years, and tyrants hog all the water while a ragtag group of rebels led by Rebecca Buck (Tank Girl) fight the Rippers and raid the WP. (Tank Girl).
2034 Chinese Year: Tiger. The Second Coming of Jesus Christ finally comes (John Denton).
2035 Chinese Year: Cwazy Wabbit. The Singularity causes progress to increase exponentially - except intelligent machines will do it while humans struggle to catch up as they are left behind (Vernor Vinge). Humanity sends a prisoner back in time to find out who started the world plague of 1996 (Terry Gilliam, Twelve Monkeys).
2036 Chinese Year: Dragon. Asteroid Apophis has another close encounter with the Earth.
2037 Chinese Year: Snake.
2038 Chinese Year: Horse.
2039 Chinese Year: Sheep.
2040 Chinese Year: Monkey. A whopping 49.5% of the U.S. pop. lives in just eight states: Calif., Tex., Fla., N.Y., Penn., Ga., Ill., and N.C.; 69% live in 16 states. On Apr. 1 Easter falls on April Fool's Day for the last time in the cent. Islam becomes the 2nd largest religion in the U.S., reaching 8.1M by 2050 (Pew Research Center). France ends the sale of gasoline and diesel cars. A universal replicator based on nanotechnology is constructed (Arthur C. Clarke).
2041 Chinese Year: Chick Chick Chicken.
2042 Chinese Year: Dog. Non-Hispanic whites dip to less than 50% of the pop. (46%), with Hispanics making up 30%, African-Ams. 15%, and Asian-Ams. 9% (U.S. Census Bureau).
2043 Chinese Year: Pig.
2044 Chinese Year: Rat.
2045 Chinese Year: Ox. Hispanics, the former underclass begin to dominate America; the decrepit Anglo baby boom generation is cryofrozen, blindly awaiting progress to give them a new lease on life - (TLW, Baby Boom Morticians). The Singularity will occur this year, according to Ray Kurzweil; "the nonbiological intelligence created in that year will be one billion times more powerful than all human intelligence today" (2005); "When scientists become a million times more intelligent and operate a million times faster, an hour would result in a century of progress."
2046 Chinese Year: Tiger.
2047 Chinese Year: Rabbit.
2048 Chinese Year: Dragon. The Binary Millennium.
2049 Chinese Year: Snake. The 100th anniv. of the Chinese Communist Rev.; China now dominates Earth? Sound recordings recorded before 1972 finally begin falling into the public domain?
2050 Chinese Year: Horse. World pop.: 9.2B, incl. 1.245B in developed countries and 7.95M in developing countries; Africa: 2.1B; elderly outnumber children in all continents except Africa; there are more people over age 60 than under 15 (U.N.); U.S. pop.: 420M (U.S. Census Bureau); World pop.: 9.8B (U.N.). world Muslim pop. increases to the same level as the world Christian pop.; world migrant pop.: 400M; 75% of the world pop. lives in cities; India: 1.4B, incl. the world's largest Muslim pop. (2.8B), vs. 2.9B Christians worldwide; the Age of Expansion (begun 1600) ends as world consumption equals double the Earth's capacity, and any savings from improved efficiency aThe Antarctic ozone hole finally heals? Inventions: The first space elevator is operational. Science: The ozone layer hole disappears (CSIRO).
2051 Chinese Year: Sheep.
2052 Chinese Year: Monkey.
2053 Chinese Year: Chicken/Rooster. On Jan. 18 the 100th anniv. of the birth of T.L. Winslow, prophet of the Fiction Century is ??? - conspiracy theorists deny his/her historicity? Anti-World War I ends, and the world celebrates a NWO where America is just another state in a pacified homogenized world govt. based on ultra-left sociopolitical principles, with mass migrations and genetic engineering being used to end the existence of distinct races and ethnic groups among the world's children - (TLW, Anti-World War I).
2054 Chinese Year: Dog. The 1000th anniv. of the Great Schism between Western and Eastern Christianity. Police make use of psychic technology to arrest and convict murderers before they commit the crime (Minority Report).
2055 Chinese Year: Pig.
2056 Chinese Year: Rat.
2057 Chinese Year: Ox.
2058 Chinese Year: Tiger. Auto-driving cars become mandatory in America.
2059 Chinese Year: Rabbit.
2060 Chinese Year: Dragon. The End of Time Year according to Isaac Newton.
2061 Chinese Year: Snake.
2062 Chinese Year: Horse. Halley's Comet returns.
2063 Chinese Year: Sheep. The pointy-eared Vulcans land on Earth on Apr. 5 in Bozeman, Mt. and establish First Contact, meeting with Zephraim Cochrane and greeting him with the Vulcan hand sign and the sound byte "Live long and prosper" (Star Trek).
2064 Chinese Year: Monkey.
2065 Chinese Year: Chicken. The Antarctic ozone hole finally heals?
2066 Chinese Year: Dog.
2067 Chinese Year: Pig.
2068 Chinese Year: Rat.
2069 Chinese Year: Ox.
2070 Chinese Year: Tiger. Earth's pop reaches a maximum at 9B-10B, and then starts decreasing (Lutz) - like roller coaster rides?
2071 Chinese Year: Rabbit.
2072 Chinese Year: Dragon.
2073 Chinese Year: Snake.
2074 Chinese Year: Horse.
2075 Chinese Year: Sheep.
2076 Chinese Year: Monkey.
2077 Chinese Year: Chicken.
2078 Chinese Year: Dog.
2079 Chinese Year: Pig.
2080 Chinese Year: Rat.
2081 Chinese Year: Ox.
2082 Chinese Year: Tiger.
2083 Chinese Year: Rabbit.
2084 Chinese Year: Dragon.
2085 Chinese Year: Snake.
2086 Chinese Year: Horse.
2087 Chinese Year: Sheep.
2088 Chinese Year: Monkey.
2089 Chinese Year: Chicken.
2090 Chinese Year: Dog. A total solar eclipse is seen in England this year.
2091 Chinese Year: Pig.
2092 Chinese Year: Rat.
2093 Chinese Year: Ox.
2094 Chinese Year: Tiger.
2095 Chinese Year: Rabbit. The efficiency of fossil-fuel powered electric generation technologies reaches 66%? A space drive for exploring other star systems is developed (Arthur C. Clarke).
2096 Chinese Year: Dragon.
2097 Chinese Year: Snake. The groundwork for the United Federation of Planets is laid out in San Francisco (Star Trek).
2098 Chinese Year: Horse.
2099 Chinese Year: Sheep. By this year nobody is left who is totally heterosexual?