Timeline of the near future

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This is a timeline of the near future, covering predicted or calculated events from the 2040s to the end of the 30th century. There are ongoing futures studies that seek to understand what is likely to continue and what could plausibly change.


Predictions and forecasts not included on this timeline

21st century











22nd century








23rd century

24th century

25th century

26th century

27th century

28th century

29th century

30th century

Far future

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