17 important events that will happen by 2050
You do not need to be a psychic to predict the future, because it is enough to analyze what is happening before your eyes. So what events are likely to be observed by the middle of the 21st century?
2019: New countries will appear on the map
Bougainville Island, which is located in the Pacific Ocean, is now officially an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea. However, in 2019 it may gain independence if a majority of its population votes for this decision in a referendum. New Caledonia, which is now part of France, could also become a separate country.
2020: The construction of the tallest building on the planet will be completed
The tallest building to date is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, but this record could be broken in 2020. Saudi Arabia plans to complete construction of the Jeddah Tower by then. Its height will be 1 kilometer.
2020: The first hotel in space will be opened
Bigelow Aerospace is about to launch a ship into orbit that could become a hotel for people who have arrived from Earth. Tests of such ships were successful, and astronauts on the ISS even used one of them as storage.
2024: The SpaceX rocket will go to Mars
SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk in 2002, plans to send a cargo ship to the Red Planet. Later they want to send the first people there.
2025: The world’s population will grow to 8 billion people
UN experts predict that by 2025, 8 billion people will live on Earth. By 2050 there will be 10 billion of us.
2026: The construction of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona will be completed
The construction of this cathedral began in 1883. The biggest problem is the need to design special stone blocks, which takes a lot of time.
2028: Venice may become uninhabited
This does not mean that the city will be completely under water (it can happen, but not before 2100). But there is a fear that living in houses will become impossible due to a significant rise in water levels.
2029: Asteroid Apophis will approach the Earth at 38,398 kilometers
According to the first estimates of scientists, the probability that this asteroid will fall to Earth in 2029 was 2.7%. However, later it dropped to 0, which cannot be said about the more distant future, when the asteroid approaches our planet again.
2030: The area of the Arctic ice sheet will be greatly reduced
The area of the Arctic ice sheet is shrinking sharply. By the end of this century, by some estimates, the Arctic Ocean will be completely ice-free in summer.
2033: A manned mission called “Aurora” will go to Mars
The program of the European Space Agency provides for the study of the Moon, Mars and asteroids, and it includes both automatic flights and manned flights. But before people get to Mars, the agency plans to send cargo there, as well as develop technology that allows them to land on the Red Planet and return to Earth.
2035: Quantum teleportation will be carried out in Russia
We are not talking about instantaneous teleportation of real objects through space. Quantum teleportation will become possible thanks to the creation of a reliable communication system, with which it will be possible to transmit polarized photons in space.
2036: Probes will be sent to explore the star system Alpha Centauri
The Breakthrough Starshot project is about to send an entire fleet of spacecraft to the nearest star. They will be equipped with solar sails. The probes will fly to Alpha Centauri for 20 years, but it will take another 5 years to send a message to Earth about a successful arrival.
2038: We finally find out who killed John F. Kennedy
Although Lee Harvey Oswald is commonly believed to be the man who killed John F. Kennedy, this version still raises questions. Many people do not believe that it was he who killed Kennedy. However, information about the murder will remain classified until 2038.
2040: The international thermonuclear experimental reactor will be put into operation
The construction of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor began in 2007 in the south of France, 65 kilometers from Marseille. This reactor is considered safer than traditional nuclear reactors, because even in the event of an accident, the amount of emissions will be so small that we will not need to evacuate.
2045: The era of technological singularity begins
According to people who believe in the Technological Singularity Theory, there will come a time when technological progress will become too complex for us to comprehend. It is assumed that at this point, technology will be integrated into the human body, which will contribute to the emergence of a new type of people.
2048: The ban on mining in Antarctica will disappear
According to the “Antarctic Treaty System”, no country can own its territory, and the continent itself is a non-nuclear zone. Mining is also strictly prohibited, but the agreement may be revised after 2048.
2050: Mars colonization begins
It is believed that by 2050 the first colonists will appear on Mars. They will be able to fly to the Red Planet as part of the Mars One project, but before that, scientists will have to solve many problems associated with interplanetary travel. However, some people, such as Steve Wozniak, believe that we will never be able to visit other planets.