Predictions For 2020

Tigerhawk

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#1
Brexit does not get sorted out this year.
Referendum on Brexit.
Referendum on Scottish Independence.
Boris Johnson looks for another job.
Nigel Farage spontaneously combusts.
Nessie found - in Cromer.
Nazi loot train found - in Loch Ness.
Star of B-and-C grade movies Mamie Van Doren dies.
Prince Andrew exiled.
"Storm Of The Century" hits somewhere on Earth, causing much media hype about impending doom, but life goes on without too much hassle.
Michael Bay releases another gods-awful movie involving much destruction and no plot.
 

Ermintruder

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(In a related vein: strategic planners, now bereft of superficially (or synthetically) significant upcoming dates for futureological fictionation, losing the Snellen Scale 'big hitter' of 2020 forces marketing executives to focus now upon the year 2525 (ps 2010 vision was always twice as good as that of 2020....plus, we didn't have Brexit, back then)

- Youtube will close down
- Trump will be re-elected, but upgraded at last from WindowsXP
- Elon Musk will do something else 'apparently good' (and avoid mentioning tunnels, flamethrowers or government subsidies)
- A close encounter with an asteroid will be predicted (then dropped from news coverage)
- There will be another "_______ Spring" event, in some non-western-hegemonised country
- The 'Occupy' movement will do something vague but heavily reported (tv reporters will stand outside empty tents)
- The 'Extinction Rebellion' movement will do something vague but heavily reported (grant applications will be simplified)
- The 'Anonymous' movement will not do something vague but heavily reported.
- Brexit will continue to be the diverting distraction it has been for many years
- The disestablishment of state religion won't happen, but the Church of Facebook will continue to be kept at arms-length
- nuclear war will continue to be averted
- cryptocurrency will continue to be as cryptic as it's ever been, and usable for paying for recharge of electric cars
- more people than ever will drive electric cars... not very far, nor particularly-confidently
- Prince Andrew will be appointed Governor of The Bahamas prior to his papal inauguration
- Pokëmon will become popular (yet again)
- Furbies will be relaunched as part of an international road safety campaign
- "Baywatch: the Musical" will open on Broadway
 

maximus otter

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- Trouble in the Middle East
- Political turmoil in South America
- Climate continues to do what climate’s done for billions of years
- Prices and taxes go up
- A species you’ve never heard of, declared to be extinct
- Two extinct species you’ve never heard of are rediscovered alive & well
- Hosepipe ban declared during torrential rain
- Eco-bores try to sail to North Pole to prove that it’s ice-free; have to be rescued from ice
- UK telly makes epic series showing historic evils of Communism (just kidding!)
- UK government listens to UK population and does what the people want (just kidding!)

maximus otter
 

Swifty

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- Trouble in the Middle East
- Political turmoil in South America
- Climate continues to do what climate’s done for billions of years
- Prices and taxes go up
- A species you’ve never heard of, declared to be extinct
- Two extinct species you’ve never heard of are rediscovered alive & well
- Hosepipe ban declared during torrential rain
- Eco-bores try to sail to North Pole to prove that it’s ice-free; have to be rescued from ice
- UK telly makes epic series showing historic evils of Communism (just kidding!)
- UK government listens to UK population and does what the people want (just kidding!)

maximus otter
What Max just said.
 

Bigphoot2

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Aliens arrive on earth and say "Take us to your leader." When they see what we have as leaders, they promptly leave.
A Celebrity reality show causes an uproar when they have a celebrity some people have heard of.
The Daily Express will report a giant asteroid approaching Earth/Record-breaking heatwaves/record-breaking winters and what Carole Vorderman is wearing.
 

Lord Lucan

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#8
Coup d'etat in Caribbean nation.
Great white attack in Mediterranean.
Tourists killed at Pyramids of Giza throwing Egyptian tourist industry into turmoil.
President Jimmy Carter passes away.
Parts of Taiwan devastated by floods.
Grammy award winning performer collapses on stage.
Serious plane accident at LAX (Los Angeles Airport).
An English Royal divorce.
Major American newspaper folds (pun intended).
Pollution in some Chinese cities leads to mass evacuations.
 

Kryptonite

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#9
Arthur C Clarke predicted that in 2020 we would have spaceplanes, and that a 76 metre octopus would be discovered.

A somewhat obscure Marvel comic, Machine Man, published in 1984ish, predicted that some people would become so immersed in realistic computer games that they would become detached from reality (they are referred to as "vidiots").
 

Yithian

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Arthur C Clarke predicted that in 2020 we would have spaceplanes, and that a 76 metre octopus would be discovered.
We live in a disappointing present.

I am half serious there. I've read a lot of J G Ballard and even his metropolitan dystopias seem more interesting than our predictably tawdry failings.

More generally, please leave the explicitly political predictions out.

It just tempts fate--and me.
 

Tigerhawk

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Arthur C Clarke predicted that in 2020 we would have spaceplanes, and that a 76 metre octopus would be discovered.

A somewhat obscure Marvel comic, Machine Man, published in 1984ish, predicted that some people would become so immersed in realistic computer games that they would become detached from reality (they are referred to as "vidiots").
But only if Escargot unleashes the Kraken...
 

escargot

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A somewhat obscure Marvel comic, Machine Man, published in 1984ish, predicted that some people would become so immersed in realistic computer games that they would become detached from reality (they are referred to as "vidiots").
*nods* A trope also seen in ExistenZ, Red Dwarf etc.
 

Kondoru

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#19
Ok, I might as well be an idiot too...

A Sexual scandal involving someone completley unlikley.
Major death in the Royal Family.
(Could be someone minor who in retrospect was quite important in some way).
(Doesnt have to be GB Royalty)
Breakthrough in Cryptozoology that is totally Unexpected.
(My money is on a suprising museum find).
Some boring new craze.
(Mythical health scare connected to the above).
(Heck, any of the above).
 

INT21

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Arthur C Clarke predicted that in 2020 we would have spaceplanes, and that a 76 metre octopus would be discovered.

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His most visible error in '2001: a space Odyssey' was having Pan American on the side of his space plane.

Probably not his fault. He would have chosen BAOC.
 

Tribble

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#25
Breakthrough announced in conductive biocompatible plastics, potentially enabling seamless nervous system/computer interfaces.
Regular Forteana board poster identified as originator of most popular urban legend of 2019. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.
Lucy Lawless announced as new Starfleet Captain in next season of Star Trek : Discovery.
Queen Liz refuses to die or abdicate, citing "One has too much shit to do, not enough time to do it in."
Elon Musk spontaneously disintegrates in matter-teleportation experiment.
Genetic engineers induce parthenogenesis in mammals. Gene goes wild, rabbits destroy crops in Asia.
Mercury leak in USA turns major river red, destroys wildlife. Privatised EPA finds scapegoat.
Donald Trump's tax returns leaked. Trump denies everything then contradicts himself twice in the same speech.
State of emergency declared in Iceland after volcano erupts, spreading ash across country and much of Europe.
Daily Mail goes into receivership.
Suicide cult hosts their "Last Supper", dozens die. Nebraska somehow involved.
Something something Brexit something.
Notorious troll threatens politician's life on social media, tracked down by police and discovered to be malware-turned-artificial intelligence that's been running unimpeded for three years as background process on multiple computers.
This year's lucky number : 3.
Celebrity deaths : Jerry Springer, James Randi, Derek Jacobi.
 

Nemo

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I thought Randi had been dead for awhile. He's still going.
 
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