The United Nations is predicting that Earth may be "unrecognizable" in 2050 due to the rise of population and the increase in demand for food. The population is expected to jump from seven billion to nine billion by that year. Yahoo quotes Jason Clay of the World Wildlife Fund as saying, "We will need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as we have in the last 8,000." But won't we only be ingesting food by pill form by then? Through exhausting research, we've found that 2050 is going to be the worst Earth year ever.
Here's the list of other predictions for 2050:In November 2006, Achim Steiner, executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, "warned of a global collapse of all species being fished, if fishing continues at its current pace."
In October 2007, artificial intelligence researcher David Levy predicted that by 2050, human-robot marriages, human-robot sex, and human-robot porn will become common.
According to a 2002 study by World Wildlife Fund, planet Earth will not have sufficient resources to sustain human life by 2050. This is barring the theory that vertical farms, which have the potential for a far greater cultivating and livestocking capacity than their flat, traditional grandfathers, will help sustain the ever-growing population beyond the capacity that traditional farms will be able to ever sustain.
In March 2006, Professor Gerry Gilmore predicted that ground-based astronomy would become impossible by this year because of pollution from aircraft exhaust trails and climate change.
In November 2001, the United Nations Population Fund reported that the world population is projected to be 9.3 billion in 2050 from 6.1 billion at that time, with most of the increase in developing countries even as the population of industrialized countries will "remain stable." This figure was revised to 9.1 billion in 2005 and 9.2 billion in 2007. In 2008, the United States Census Bureau projected a world population of 9.5 billion.
Another study done by the European Commission said that the world population is expected to grow at a decreasing rate to 8.9 billion in 2050 and after 2030, the population in several countries, including Europe and China, will decrease. Stabilization in the population will happen in the second half of the century.
By 2050, the price of PEM fuel cell is as low as 100 Euro/KWH compared to the present value of 8000 Euro/KWH. This is because most cars work on fuel cell technology and hydrogen gas.
In 2002, it was predicted that the number of people suffering from Alzheimer's disease in the United States would triple by 2050 to 16 million. This was higher than the earlier projection of 14 million in 1990. In June 2007, a study by American researchers concluded that the global prevalence of Alzheimer's disease will quadruple by 2050 from its 2006 figure to over 100 million. However, this does not take into account the possibility that medical science will eventually advance to the point where society will figure out how to stop and reverse the effects of Alzheimer's.
Arnulf Jaeger-Walden of the European Commission's Institute for Energy believes that solar power from North Africa will be able to provide 100 GW to the entire continent of Europe.
The United Nations predicts that 2 out of every 9 people in the world will be 60 years or older. World life expectancy at birth is also expected to exceed 76 years.
Goldman Sachs predicts that by 2050, the five largest economies in the world will be China, the United States, India, Brazil, and Mexico, in that order.
So, a crowded world with mostly old people, robot wedding TV specials, no fish, and Chinese domination. Let's hope we all move to the moon by then.