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Welcome to the future! We present a speculative timeline of future history. Part fact and part fiction, the timeline is based on detailed research – including analysis of current trends, long-term environmental impacts, advances in technology such as Moore's Law, future medicine, geopolitical changes and much more. Where possible, references are provided to support the predictions. FutureTimeline is a collaborative, ongoing project – we welcome ideas from scientists, futurists, inventors, writers and anyone else who is interested in futurology.

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21st century

An increasingly globalised humanity is faced with climate change, dwindling resources, overpopulation and technological upheaval.

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22nd century

Diverging paths for humans and transhumans, eco-technic societies dominate the globe, colonisation of space accelerates.

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The Far Future

Post-biological humanity begins to spread throughout the Galaxy, transforming dead worlds into computational substrates.

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Beyond...

A future timeline of the Universe and its ultimate fate.

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20th February 2018

2041 – Completion of the W350 tower in Tokyo

In 2041, Tokyo's skyline gets a major new landmark in the form of W350, the tallest wooden building ever constructed.

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16th February 2018

2091 – SpaceX's "Starman" has a close encounter with Earth

In 2091, after a period of 73 years, Starman returns to cislunar space and makes a close approach of Earth.

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15th February 2018

2020 – The PlayStation 5 is launched

The PlayStation 5 (PS5) is a ninth-generation video game console developed by Sony.

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21st January 2018

2028 – Completion of the Deep Space Gateway

The Deep Space Gateway (DSG) is the successor to the International Space Station (ISS). Whereas the ISS was placed in orbit around the Earth, the DSG is close to the Moon.

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17th January 2018

2021 – The ExoMars rover touches down on Mars

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8th January 2018

2019 – The James Webb Space Telescope is launched

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22nd February 2018

The Future of Humanity, by Michio Kaku

Enter our competition for a chance to win Michio Kaku's new book!

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22nd February 2018

Alzheimer's disease reversed in mouse model

A new study finds that blocking an enzyme called BACE1 could greatly reduce the formation of plaques responsible for Alzheimer's disease.

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21st February 2018

Andromeda less massive than previously thought

The Andromeda galaxy has only one-third as much dark matter as previously thought, making it similar in mass to the Milky Way.

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17th February 2018

Global sea ice at record low

The National Snow and Ice Data Centre (NSIDC) reports that global sea ice extent has fallen to a new record low.

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14th February 2018

SpotMini robot can open doors

Boston Dynamics has revealed an upgraded version of its SpotMini robot, which is now able to open doors.

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8th February 2018

Alarming drop in US life expectancy

Suicide and drug/alcohol use is lowering the average lifespan of Americans, continuing a general decline.

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11th February 2018

Dream recording

We are going to record our dreams in the future, according to futurist Gray Scott. "We are already at the beginning stages of this now," he explains in this eye-opening video.

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