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ZONE 1: 2010-2015 ZONE 2: 2015-2020 ZONE 3: 2020-2025 ZONE 4: 2025-2035 ZONE 5: 2035-2050

Notes on time travel

This map is a broad representation of some of the trends and technologies currently visible. Improvement works are carried out at weekends and travellers should check to see whether lines are still operable before commencing any journeys. Helpful suggestions concerning new routes and excursions are always welcome.

If you wish to travel outside of Zone 1 you are advised to bring comfy shoes and a camera. Travellers are also advised to bring their own supplies of food and water although weapons are unnecessary if you keep to well trodden paths. Also note that travel into Zone 5 is not available for people aged over 75 years of age.

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Material for this map has been soured from a number of publications including Future Files and What’s Next


This map was conceived and created by Richard Watson at with some help from Benjamin Frazer at Snap. Also thanks to Oliver Freeman, Mike Jackson and Scott Martin.

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A roadmap for the exploration of current & future trends

(+ some predictions to stir things up. More at

Personal responsibility

Letter writing

Culture of immediacy

Community theatre in the round takes off (again)

Compulsory paternity tests


1. Society

2. Geopolitics

3. Energy & raw materials 4. Science & technology

5. Healthcare

6. Retail & leisure

7. Economy

8. Environment

9. Financial se

10. Food & drink



13. Home & family

Cyber-pet vets

Aged care robots


Low-cost competition Space tourism Consumer e-health

Sustainable tourism

Global hospital brands


Resources increasingly acquired on a no questions asked basis

Shifting centres of economic activity

Hybrid fuels

Digital cash widely embedded in human body

Single global e-currency

Growth of ‘Tech-No’ movement




Average lifespan 100 years

Unexpected increase in fertility rates

Sense of entitlement Victim culture

Data security



Wilder weather

Environmental change

Peak copper

Home/street level domestic waste processing

All televised sport now short format

25% of company HQs now virtual

Widespread use of brain scans in job interviews

Tightening security


in light of experience

Constant digital distraction

Contactless payments

Binge drinking

Virtual currencies

Physical newspapers become luxury items

Near extinction of quality journalism spawns philanthropic funding

Growth in passenger numbers Domestic tourism


Online medical records

Intelligent packaging

Green IT

Emergence of green nationalism

Augmented reality contact lenses

Phone spam

Fuel-cell phones Wearable computers

Global sensor network

Human organ farms

80% of global energy requirements still met by oil/coal/gas

Holidays at home packages

Facebook vacations

(meet your online friends in person)

DNA computing

Male birth control pill

Plastic bones

Augmented reality windscreens

Sleep hotels


‘Spinning disk’ memory devices

Full concentration

Single person households



Unsupervised adults

Robotic surgery

Face recognition doors

4 billion mobile phone subscribers


Fair trade

3-D teleconferences

Return of food inflation and food riots

Quantum computing

No more anonymous email addresses (one email address per person)

Genetic diets

Artificial livers All babies implanted with GPS & ID chips

Second asset bubble

Fusion reactors

Scarcity of hydrocarbon service First moon mine

/ fuel stations

Stringent laws requiring high levels of recyclability in all products

Space solar power

Self-driving cars


Self-repairing roads

Convergence of healthcare and financial planning

Contents of British Library available on a postage stamp-sized chip

Digital cash widely embedded in clothing

Invisibility cloaks

First human clone

Disintegration of EU Collapse of free trade

Turkey, Iran and Mexico become key powers

Quiet paint Video wallpaper

Dining Rooms

moving parts

Wind power

Green cities

Green buildings Nano-solar

Outsourcing backlash

Slow food

Cautious optimism

Urban car sharing

Fractional ownership

Increasing complexity

Laboratory grown meat in supermarkets

Mega trend


Prediction Dangerous currents Poor visibility High-speed link Partial ruin

Animals suing humans

Global population hits 9 billion

Baby licences

Online funerals

Desire for control

Widespread outbreaks

Resurgence of hobbies & craft

1/3 of all military vehicles now unmanned

Revival of far-right politics Widespread use of nano-materials

Brain drain from hedge funds to scientific R&D (energy #1 priority) Wealth asylum seekers

Rising rage


Middle Class unrest

Airborne networks

Green politics

Shape shifting materials Increasing influence of

oil states on US politics

Molecular machines

Fully sensory internet

Cosmetic brain surgery

First Internet court

Online communities start physical communities


Move to global pricing of consumer goods (driven by shopbots)

Disappearance of checkouts

Robot population surpasses human population

Power shift Eastwards

Government e-services

Artificial eyes Womb based therapy

Redefinition of health to include happiness/well-being

Brain gyms Growth of outsourcing to Africa

Growth of micro-insurance

Genetically enhanced pets

Business sustainability largest determinant of stock price

Emergence of Gross National Happiness metrics

Whole life financial planning linked to whole family model

Growth of state control

Emergence of Gross National Happiness metrics

Globalisation unravelling Lunar dimming streetlights Local energy transmission networks

Intelligent vending machines

Computers with

Verbal search

Ocean dead zones

CHIME liquidity

Increasing inflation

2-speed economies

Electricity shortages

Lunar dimming streetlights

Ubiquitous computing

Affective computing

Focus on hardware reduces as services more distributed and interoperable

Urban (vertical) farming

Digital nomads

Calorie taxes

10-mile diets


Rise of N11 countries Rising levels of autocracy

World’s first thorium reactor

Figurative revolution in the arts as neoclassicism returns

Just-in-time shopping

Robocops in shopping malls

public services



High Street Internet addiction clinic

Mind control toys

Death of distance

Home/work convergence

Use of fake information as a weapon

Information pandemics

Web 2.0 Volatility Societal feminisation

Cloud storage

Increasing regulation & compliance



Payments to enter most cities by private vehicle

Large screens everywhere

30% of all books now digital

Bionic Olympics

A graphic novel wins the Booker Prize

Blurring of sectors Local shopping

Device convergence Blurring of scientific disciplines

Conspicuous non-consumption

Synthetic biology

Life story labelling

Price polarisation (High / Low )

Increasing interest rates

Malicious intent detectors

Growth of security algorithms

Increasing longevity

Digital diets

Prediction markets


Real-time car insurance

Childcare robots

Gesture-based computing

Rise of the vegetarians Declining water quality

Peak water

Global migration drift to warming parts of the northern hemisphere

Creation of new arable lands as planet warms up


Food allergies eliminated

Russia (demographically)

� Electricity shortages

� Rapid increase in cyber crime � Critical infrastructure attack � Rogue stakeholder

� WMD Proliferation

Industrial repatriation

Hydrogen fuel stations

Variable road-pricing dependent on time of day/traffic volume

Vehicles bought for technology upgrades rather than model changes

Creative industries become dominant contributors to global GDP


Individual energy/carbon monitoring leads to allowances and/or tiered costing based on system akin to personal

Micro-scale health-bots

Meditation/holistic services bundled with medical procedures

Average car now 50% of weight of 2010 model equivalent

Cities laced with small vehicle lanes separate from road system

Creation of Department of alcohol, firearms, soft drinks and confectionary (mandatory health warnings on all alcohol, junk food and candy)

Optimism about the future

Global risks*

* Low probability/high impact events that could derail any of the above trends and predictions

� Commodity price spikes

� Raw materials shortages

� Mass migration of population � Nuclear terrorism

� Internet brownouts

� Greenenergybubble

� Geneticterrorism

� CollapseofUSdollar

� Globalsupplychaindisruption

� Terroristattackonurbanwatersupply

� US/Chinaconflict

� Israel/Iranconflict

� BisphenolAlinktocancer

� GeographicalexpansionofRussia � Majorearthquakeinmegacity

� � � � �

Globalpandemic ConflictwithNorthKorea PoliticaldisintegrationofSaudiArabia Systemicfailureoffinancialsystem FundamentalisttakeoverinPakistan

� Middleclassrevolution

� CollapseofChina

� Mobilephonelinktocancer � CreditDefaultSwaps

� Rogueasteroid

� Major nano-tech accident

� Space weather disruption to comms

� Aliens visit earth

� Return of the Messiah

� People taking trend maps too seriously

Most people have multiple presences

Food passports

Search for meaning (Mondays to Fridays only)

Convenience Indulgence

Digital celebrities

Expecting less


of panic Virtual protests Face recognition doors

Growth of G2

People able to record every event from birth to death

Growth of bartering

75-year mortgages

Shopping 2.0

Customer service avatars become common place

Meltdown of global financial system

Last CD is published

e-ink comes of age



Carbon chaos Investment in renewable energy


Clean coal


Rare earths

Shift to local trade

Too much choice

Urbanisation Localism

Stored value cards Online micro-payments

Medical tourism


Pensions funding crisis

Plastic bridges Driverless lorries

First moon hotel Pilotless

Pets outnumber people globally Digital mirrors

Online video

Growth of digital narcissism Shorter formats

Wireless re-charge Holographic storage

Medical tourism

Bio-fuel backlash

Collapse of Chinese banking system

Robotic insects for crop pollination

Virtual libraries

Home as refuge

Modular spaces

Pre-pay currency cards

Paper statements & bills


Widespread cuts in

Speech recognition

Acute labour

shortages in aged-care sector

Sensory experiences

women behaving like men

Infrastructure under-investment

Mercantilism Networked risk

Broader definitions of health Obesity

Peak landfill

Basic forms of AI


Health & safety hysteria Basic forms of AI

Home swap holidays

Machines that can judge emotional state of user

Devices re-programming themselves


Industries consolidating globally


Debt Stress

Gen X start to outlive their offspring

All vehicles fitted with GPS

Oil at $200 a barrel

Face recognition

Half the world now living under double digit inflation

Increase in pigouvian taxes


Biotechnology Robotics


Small indulgences Third spaces

Epidemic of new mental disorders linked to uncensored use of digital devices

Comfort foods

Fragrance cartridges in mobiles

Water labelling



Growth of virtual communities

Carbon trading

Men behaving like women


opens in India

Genetic prophesy at birth

Nuclear power renaissance


Home-based health

Consumer e-health Loneliness

Cities painted white to increase reflectivity

Growth of private currencies

Peak Uranium

Rising economc protectionism

P2P lending Mobile payments

Islamic finance

Personal nooks Services outsourcing


Brain holidays

Fully immersive gaming

All ads now personalised

Hypersonic airliners

Companies re-think OHS&E after workplace stress claims

Open source explodes with global standard for royalty payments

Healthcare rationing

Shift to knowledge intensive industries

End of low-cost inputs

Most people have 2+ careers

Skills shortages bite

Communication free resorts

Spray on surgical gloves

DNA repair




Decline in real wages


Identity theft

80% of global population now obese


Printable TV screens

People renting dreams

Prison ships

e-voting in supermarkets

Increased immigration to solve skills crisis

First child born in space Children become luxury objects

Hunger for shared experiences

Folk-art revival

Government PR budgets exceed military spending

Function based tariffs for electricity

Pulse bombs

Declining fertility

Urban/rural divide

Micro-power generation

Domestic energy dashboards



Seabed mining

Fuel-cell cars

Face recognition rear view mirrors (linked to ignition)

Energy harvesting buildings Open source intelligence gathering Virtual water

Individualism Droughts

Energy storage User filtering User generated content

Believers versus heretics

Solar energy generating windows

Generational conflict in the workplace Increasing automation Water labelling

of all products Oceanic thermal converters

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