future timeline technology singularity humanity
 
   
future timeline twitter future timeline facebook group future timeline youtube channel account videos future timeline rss feed
 
     
     
 
       
 
 
 
     

Latest updates

 
future timeline logo 200px

1st December 2016

Almost half of tech professionals expect their job to be automated within ten years

45% of technology professionals believe a significant part of their job will be automated by 2027 – rendering their current skills redundant. Changes in technology are so rapid that 94% say their career would be severely limited if they didn't teach themselves new technical skills.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

1st December 2016

Great Barrier Reef suffers largest ever coral die-off

Higher water temperatures during 2016 have caused the worst destruction of corals ever recorded on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, with 67% dying in the worst-hit northern section.

Read more...

 

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

30th November 2016

A significant collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet "within our lifetimes"

A massive iceberg that splintered away from West Antarctica in 2015 was caused by a deep subsurface rift opening within the ice shelf, the first time this has been observed, say researchers. They warn that a significant collapse of the ice sheet is possible "within our lifetimes", with major consequences for sea level rise.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

29th November 2016

The speed of light could be variable, say researchers

Scientists behind a theory that the speed of light is variable – and not constant as Einstein suggested – have produced a model with an exact figure on the spectral index, which they say is testable.

Read more...

 

   

   
future timeline prediction

28th November 2016

2035 – Norway's underwater suspended tunnels are completed

A major feat of engineering is completed in Norway this year as the final in a series of submerged floating tunnels is opened to the public.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

25th November 2016

North America's largest tidal turbine array begins generating power

A massive new tidal turbine has been deployed on the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada – and is now connected to the electrical grid.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

25th November 2016

Tesla demonstrates its self-driving car technology

Innovative American car company, Tesla, has released a video showcasing its self-driving car technology that would be included in all forthcoming vehicles that it manufactures.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

24th November 2016

Huge deposit of water ice found below surface of Mars

NASA reports that its Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has found a huge deposit of water ice just under the surface of the planet Mars, in the region known as Utopia Planitia.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline prediction

24th November 2016

2035 – Lion populations in Africa have declined by half

By 2035, lion populations in Africa have fallen by half compared to the mid-2010s.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

22nd November 2016

"Green gas" could replace traditional fossil fuel-based gas

British clean energy company Ecotricity has unveiled its plan to make gas from grass, grown on marginal farmland, of which Britain has enough to heat almost every home in the country.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

21st November 2016

Gut tissue grown from stem cells

Researchers have used human pluripotent stem cells to grow human intestinal tissues with functioning nerves and then used these to recreate and study a severe intestinal nerve disorder.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

20th November 2016

Researchers discover new antibiotics by sifting through the human microbiome

Scientists at Rockefeller University have identified which genes in a microbe's genome ought to produce antibiotic compounds and then synthesised those compounds to discover two promising new antibiotics.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

16th November 2016

Solar nanotech clothing could revolutionise wearable technology

Scientists at the University of Central Florida are researching and developing solar nanotech-powered clothing.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

16th November 2016

Genetically modified "superwheat" could boost yields by 40%

Researchers in the UK have announced a genetically modified "superwheat" that increases the efficiency of photosynthesis to boost yields by 20 to 40 percent. Field trials are expected in 2017.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline prediction

14th November 2016

2034 – The next major supermoon occurs

A so-called "supermoon" occurs when a full moon coincides with a lunar perigee – the closest approach of the Moon in its elliptical orbit around Earth.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

13th November 2016

Lab-grown mini lungs successfully transplanted into mice

Scientists can now grow 3-D models of lungs from stem cells, creating new ways to study respiratory diseases.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

13th November 2016

Machine learning can identify a suicidal person

Using a person's spoken or written words, a new computer algorithm can identify with high accuracy whether that person is suicidal, mentally ill but not suicidal, or neither.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

13th November 2016

AI can beat humans at lip-reading

The University of Oxford has demonstrated "LipNet", a new AI algorithm capable of lip-reading over 40% more accurately than a real person.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

12th November 2016

Graphic cigarette warnings could prevent 652,000 deaths over next 50 years

A new study finds that graphic warnings on cigarette packs could prevent more than 652,000 deaths in the U.S. between now and 2065.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

11th November 2016

Mouse neurons seen firing in real-time in 3-D

Scientists at Rockefeller University have used a technique called "light sculpting" to view the neurons of a mouse brain firing in real-time in 3-D.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline prediction

8th November 2016

2033 – Crewed mission to Phobos

In 2033, NASA conducts the first crewed mission to Phobos, one of the two moons of Mars.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

5th November 2016

Construction of the James Webb Space Telescope mirror is completed

After 20 years of development, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope has reached a major milestone with its primary mirror now complete and ready for testing prior to a 2018 launch.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

4th November 2016

First commercial asteroid prospecting mission to launch by 2020

Planetary Resources, Inc., the asteroid mining company, has finalised a 25 million euro agreement that includes direct capital investment of 12 million euros and grants of 13 million euros from the Government of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the banking institution Société Nationale de Crédit et d'Investissement (SNCI).

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

3rd November 2016

A virus-sized computing device

Researchers at University of California, Santa Barbara, have designed a functional nanoscale computing element that could be packed into a space no bigger than 50 nanometres on any side.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

3rd November 2016

1,000-fold increase in 3-D scanning speed

Researchers at Penn State University report a 1,000-fold increase in the scanning speed for 3-D printing, using a space-charge-controlled KTN beam deflector with a large electro-optic effect.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

1st November 2016

Urban trees can improve millions of lives by reducing air pollution and temperature, says report

A global investment of just US$100 million in tree planting annually could provide 77 million people with cooler cities and 68 million with significant reductions in particulate matter pollution. A new study by the Nature Conservancy claims this pollution can be reduced by up to 24% near trees, while the local cooling effect is up to 2°C (3.6°F).

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

1st November 2016

New pollution limits for shipping by 2020

In a landmark decision for both the environment and human health, 1st January 2020 has been set as the implementation date for a significant reduction in the sulphur content of fuel used by ships.

Read more...

   

   
amazon prime air drone delivery

30th October 2016

Before the Flood

Released today on National Geographic, Before the Flood is a new documentary starring Leonardo DiCaprio who travels across five continents and the Arctic, speaking to scientists and world leaders about the dramatic effects of climate change.

Watch video...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

30th October 2016

Tesla unveils solar roof tiles and Powerwall 2

By combining solar roof tiles, battery storage, and electric vehicles, Tesla hopes to create the opportunity for a zero emission lifestyle.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

29th October 2016

New world record for fusion reactor

Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced a new record for plasma pressure in an Alcator C-Mod tokamak nuclear fusion reactor – achieving over two atmospheres of pressure for the first time.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

29th October 2016

58% decline in vertebrate wildlife since 1970

The Living Planet assessment reports that vertebrate wildlife populations have fallen by 58% globally since 1970, and suggests this figure may reach two-thirds among vertebrates by 2020.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline prediction

27th October 2016

2032 – Britain upgrades its nuclear-armed submarine fleet

By the early 2030s, the Vanguard-class submarine has been replaced by the new Dreadnought class.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

25th October 2016

AI predicts outcomes of human rights trials

The judicial decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) have been predicted to 79% accuracy using an artificial intelligence (AI) method.

Read more...

   

   
amazon prime air drone delivery

24th October 2016

"ANA" – sci-fi short film

ANA is a film based in a world where the singularity is near through the development of ANA – a management software used to increase productivity. ANA follows the sole worker in a futuristic car manufacturing plant.

Watch video...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

21st October 2016

AI milestone: new system matches humans in conversational speech recognition

A new automated system that can achieve parity and even beat humans in conversational speech recognition has been announced by researchers at Microsoft.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

20th October 2016

Quantum computers: 10-fold boost in stability achieved

A team at Australia's University of New South Wales has created a new quantum bit that remains in a stable superposition for 10 times longer than previously achieved.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

20th October 2016

Depression's physical source discovered

Researchers have discovered the physical source of depression in the human brain, which is found to affect the lateral orbitofrontal cortex, implicated in non-reward.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

19th October 2016

Large-scale deployment of body-worn cameras for London police

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is taking a global lead with what is believed to be the largest rollout of body-worn cameras by police anywhere in the world, to enhance the service it gives to London.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

19th October 2016

1 in 4 millennials would prefer a giant meteor strike to U.S. presidential candidates

Nearly a quarter of young Americans aged 18 to 35 would rather see a giant meteor strike the Earth than see either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump in the White House, according to a new poll.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline prediction

18th October 2016

2031 – India has begun phasing out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

Known as "super greenhouse gases," HFCs had threatened to add a further 0.5°C to global average temperatures, on top of the effects from CO2 and methane.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

17th October 2016

Biotech firm to develop 3D bioprinted liver tissue for direct transplantation to patients

Organovo has announced its plan to develop 3D bioprinted human liver tissue for direct transplantation to patients.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

16th October 2016

The world's first nation state in space

At a press conference in Paris this week, plans were announced for the creation of the first nation state in space – to be called 'Asgardia'.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

15th October 2016

The next 5,000 years

A guest piece by sci-fi author Drew Wagar.

Read more...

   

   
amazon prime air drone delivery

15th October 2016

"Never Happened" – sci-fi short film

When colleagues Laura and Grady have an impulsive fling on a business trip, they decide it might be for the best if it all just never happened.

Watch video...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

14th October 2016

Universe contains 10 times more galaxies than previously thought

Using 3D imaging techniques on 20 years of photographs by the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers estimate there are two trillion galaxies in the observable universe – an order of magnitude more than previously thought.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

13th October 2016

Playing golf can add five years to your life expectancy

Playing golf is likely to increase life expectancy, help prevent chronic diseases and improve mental health, a new study suggests.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

12th October 2016

Climate change has doubled western US forest fires

A study by the Earth Institute at Columbia University finds that wildfires in the western US have doubled in area over the last 30 years due to climate change.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

12th October 2016

Scientists create the smallest ever transistor – just a single nanometre long

Researchers at the Department of Energy have demonstrated a working 1 nanometre transistor, offering hope that Moore's Law can continue for a while longer.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline prediction

11th October 2016

2030-2039 – The High-Definition Space Telescope (HDST) is operational

The High-Definition Space Telescope is a major new space observatory deployed and operational during the 2030s.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

7th October 2016

Saturn's moon Dione may contain a subsurface ocean

The Cassini mission has revealed evidence of a subsurface ocean within Saturn's moon Dione.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

6th October 2016

Scientists calculate the upper limit of human lifespan

Gains in the maximum human lifespan reached a plateau in the 1990s, according to researchers. They report that the absolute physical limit of human lifespan is 125 years.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

6th October 2016

Caffeine may reduce the risk of dementia

A new study by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee shows that caffeine consumption may cut the risk of dementia in older women by 36%.

Read more...

   

   
future timeline prediction

5th October 2016

2030 – Cargo Sous Terrain becomes operational in Switzerland

The Cargo Sous Terrain is an underground, automated system of freight transport that becomes operational in Switzerland from 2030 onwards.

Read more...

   

   
amazon prime air drone delivery

4th October 2016

Universal Basic Income

What should we do when robots take most jobs? (It will happen sooner than you think.) Political commentator and author Robert Reich explains why a Universal Basic Income may be the answer.

Watch video...

   

   
future timeline logo 200px

3rd October 2016

Measles has officially been eradicated from the Americas

The Region of the Americas is the first in the world to have officially eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems including pneumonia, brain swelling and even death. This achievement culminates a 22-year effort involving mass vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella throughout the Americas.

Read more...

 

 
     
   
« Previous  
   
     
   

 
     
 
 
 
 

 


future timeline twitter future timeline facebook group future timeline youtube channel account videos future timeline rss feed

Privacy Policy