Timeline of the Future

Have you ever wonder what will happen in the future? The Timeline of the Future combines real predictions about the future with fictional events due to happen in the 21st century.

Events marked as Fictional come from movies, books and games. Everything else is either a prediction or planned to happen.

2020

Internet use reaches 5 billion worldwide

The next generation consoles PlayStation 5 and Xbox Scarlett are launched

Fictional

In Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars book, American John Boone becomes the first human to walk on Mars

Mars 2020 mission launches

Hayabusa2 spacecraft returns to Earth with samples of asteroid 162173 Ryugu

2021
Fictional

P.D. James's dystopian novel The Children of Men is set in the England of 2021

Fictional

Kyle Reese joins the human resistance (Terminator)

Fictional

Philip K. Dick's story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? takes place

The ExoMars rover lands on Mars

Mars 2020 rover lands on Mars

Fictional

The events of the movie Johnny Mnemonic take place

India's first manned space flight

The James Webb Space Telescope is currently scheduled to launch

2022
Fictional

New York City has become overpopulated with 40 million starving citizens (Soylent Green)

Fictional

Mars 2 Recovery is en route to investigate the non-response of the Mars-1 Crew (Mission to Mars)

European Space Agency plans to launch JUICE for exploration of Jupiter's icy moons by 2022

Fictional

Nine Inch Nails's Year Zero story takes place in 2022

India becomes the most populous country on Earth

China's first space station is complete

Fictional

The fictional game Sword Art Online is launched at 13:00 on 6 November 2022

2023
Fictional

The events of Avengers: Endgame take place

SpaceX plans to send a private citizen (and a group of artists of their choosing) on a lunar free return tourism mission

OSIRIS-REx returns to Earth with samples from the asteroid Bennu

2024

SpaceX plans to launch a human mission to Mars, with arrival due in 2025

US astronauts are back on the moon, according to current NASA plans

Starlink reaches full capacity

Fictional

The events of the movie Spider-Man: Far From Home take place

2025

The Giant Magellan Telescope is scheduled to have been completed

Fictional

The events of the movie Pacific Rim take place

Planned completion of the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope

Sometime around 2025, there will no longer be sufficient power to operate any science instruments and Voyager space probes will go silent

2026

Expansion of London's Heathrow Airport

Fictional

The events of the film Metropolis from 1927 take place

Construction of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to be completed, 144 years after it started

NASA's Dragonfly mission to Titan launches

2027
Fictional

Lady Gaga arrested for civil disobedience after winning Nobel Peace Prize in Charlie Jane Anders's “Six Months, Three Days, Five Others” book

Fictional

The events of the video game Deus Ex: Human Revolution take place

Fictional

First Hundred arrive on Mars in Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars book

The final Avatar movie is released

2028

The International Space Station is decommissioned

2029
Fictional

The crew of the Ares I lands on Mars (The Martian)

Fictional

Events of the anime movie Ghost In The Shell take place

Fictional

T-800 is sent back in time to kill Sarah Connor in The Terminator

Fictional

The events of the video game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided take place

Fictional

The events of the movie Logan take place

Phase 1 of the California High-Speed Rail line is complete

On April 13th, asteroid Apophis will fly close to Earth

2030
Fictional

Zefram Cochrane, inventor of the warp drive, is born (Star Trek)

By this time, the wreck of the Titanic will be eaten by bacterias and reduced to rust. Any hope of recovering the ship is now gone

The 6G standard is released

2031
Fictional

The events of the movie Snowpiercer take place

Fictional

Mega-City One is founded (Judge Dredd)

Fictional

The events of the movie Big Hero 6 take place

2032
Fictional

On July 4th, John Connor is killed by a T-850 (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)

2033
Fictional

On October 28th, the T-850 that killed John Connor in 2032 is captured, reprogrammed and sent back to 2004 (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)

The final phase of Britain's HS2 rail link is completed

2034

NASA's Dragonfly spacecraft lands on Titan

Fictional

The finale of the video game The Last of Us is set in 2034

The Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) is launched

2035
Fictional

Events depicted in the movie I, Robot occur

Fictional

The Ares III crew, with Mark Watney on board, lands on Mars (The Martian)

2036

Around this time, Breakthrough Starshot mission will send spacecraft to Alpha Centauri, our nearest star

2037
Fictional

Mark Watney leaves Mars (The Martian)

2038
Fictional

The events of the movie Twelve Monkeys take place

Fictional

The events of the video game Detroit: Become Human take place

Fictional

The events of the movie V for Vendetta take place

On January 19th, 03:14:08 UTC, the 32-bit signed integer used to store the number of seconds from January 1st, 1970, will reach its limit, causing Year 2038 Problem

2040
Fictional

In Ready Player One, James Halliday - the creator of OASIS - dies on January 7th, 2040. In his will, he announced that he left an easter egg in the OASIS, which launched a massive hunt

2041

Global average temperatures have risen by 2°C

2042

Global population reaches nine billion

2043
Fictional

Omni Consumer Products is contracted by the city of Detroit to manage its police force, introducing the ED-209 and RoboCop programs

2044
Fictional

In Ready Player One, Wade Watts finds a video game easter egg left behind from the dead creator, resulting in Wade getting millions of dollars.

2045

According to Ray Kurzweil, around this time the AI will reach Singularity

The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is retired from service, 90 years after introduction

100th anniversary of End of World War II

2047
Fictional

The events of the movie Event Horizon take place

2048

The Antarctic Treaty comes up for review

2049

Completion of China's Belt and Road Initiative

Fictional

The events of the movie Blade Runner 2049 take place

2050
Fictional

In Civilization V the game ends automatically if nobody wins by 2050

2052
Fictional

The events of the video game Deus Ex take place

2053
Fictional

In Star Trek, Earth is devastated by World War III

2054
Fictional

The events of the movie Minority Report take place

2060
Fictional

The United nations space ship Unity is launched from Earth (Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri)

2061

Halley's Comet returns

Fictional

The Last Question is asked for the first time on May 21st

Fictional

First Martian Revolution (Red Mars)

2063
Fictional

On April 5th, Zefram Cochrane makes the first human warp flight with the Phoenix. This attracts the Vulcans and they make first contact with humans (Star Trek)

2069
Fictional

Nebuchadnezzar, the ship captained by Morpheus, was built (Matrix)

100th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing

2070

Islam is the world's dominant religion

2071
Fictional

The events of the anime series Cowboy Bebop take place

2072
Fictional

The events of the video game System Shock 1 take place

Fictional

The events of the movie Equilibrium take place

2076
Fictional

The events of the book The Moon is a Harsh Mistress take place

2077
Fictional

An asteroid falls in Northeast Italy, creating a major disaster, and starting the events depicted in the book Randevous with Rama

Fictional

The events of the movie Oblivion take place

Fictional

The events depicted in the video game Cyberpunk 2077 take place

Fictional

In the Fallout series of video games, a "Great War" that starts the nuclear Apocalypse, takes place on October 23rd

Beginning of the 15th century in the Islamic calendar

2084
Fictional

The events of the movie Total Recal take place

2091

SpaceX's Starman has a close encounter with Earth

Linux is 100 years old

2093
Fictional

The events of the movie Prometheus take place

2094
Fictional

The Second Renaissance from The Matrix saga begins - an era of machine prosperity and human decadence

2100
Fictional

The Culture contacts Earth for the first time (Consider Phlebas)

Feel free to suggest more events from the future to be added to the Timeline

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