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Predictions About the Future From the Past and Present

Updated on January 1, 2021
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White Knight Two, a mother ship to lauch a space ship that will send passengers into space.
White Knight Two, a mother ship to lauch a space ship that will send passengers into space. | Source
An anamatronic dinosaur in the Dinosaurs Alive and in Color exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington , DC, April 1990.
An anamatronic dinosaur in the Dinosaurs Alive and in Color exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington , DC, April 1990. | Source
Terrafuigia prototype flying car.
Terrafuigia prototype flying car. | Source
Bashar al Assad still in power as of December 2018.
Bashar al Assad still in power as of December 2018. | Source
2015 gas prices.
2015 gas prices. | Source
December 2019 gas price.
December 2019 gas price. | Source
Glacier National Park should be devoid of glaciers.
Glacier National Park should be devoid of glaciers. | Source
Larsen B Ice Shelf 2013
Larsen B Ice Shelf 2013 | Source

Things That Should of Happened.

There was a prediction of a catastrophic event that would happen on September 23, 2015.

Paleontologist Jack Horner predicted a dinosaur would be created by 2015. No such animal is alive today.

In 2014 the U.S. had its first Ebola case. Center for Disease Control Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, correctly predicted, “There is no doubt in my mind we will stop it here.” There were predictions there would be up to 130 Ebola cases in the U.S. in 2014. There were fewer than 10 Ebola cases in the U.S. in 2014.

According to Marc Faber there was to be a stock market crash in 2014 that would be worse than the 1987 crash.[i] Bill Miller stated conditions for a bad market don't exist.[ii] Time proved Bill Miller correct.

Richard Branson claimed his space airline Virgin Galactic would fly its first paying customer in 2014. Tom Brewer predicted Virgin Galactic would never fly a paying customer. So far Tom Brewer is correct.

The end of the world on December 21, 2012 isn’t the only event that didn’t happen in 2012. On December 14, 2011 Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said the fall of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad could come in weeks. Israel was predicted to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities in the spring of 2012, then during the London Olympics, and then before the U.S. election in November.

London-based Oil Depletion Analysis Centre predicts demand will outstrip discovery then discovery will sharply decline starting in 2011. There were predictions in 2011 of gas price in the U.S. being between $4 & $5 a gallon by Memorial Day, 2011. Gas did go above $4 in May but the prices dropped below $4 before Memorial Day. Predictions of gas prices reaching $6 a gallon in the U.S. by the summer of 2011 never materialized. According to Robert Hirsch gas in the U.S. should have been $12 - $15 at the pump in 2015[iii].

[i] CNBC,

[ii] CNBC,

[iii] Interview at

Predictions for 2016 and how they turned out.

Scientists will produce a living wooly mammoth. - Didn't happen.

President Obama will leave office before the end of his term according to Eurp Pacific Capital CEO, Peter Schiff. He predicted in an interview on Fox Business; "I don't think (President) Obama is going to finish his second term without the bottom dropping out." Technically this prediction won’t be proven wrong until January 2017. - Didn't happen in 2016.

The stock market will have a worse year than 2015.[i] The recession will be worse than 2008 according to Michael Pento, president and founder of Pento Portfolio Stratiges.[ii] - Close of December 29 Dow Jones stands at - 19819.7793.

Secretary Hillary Clinton will be indicted and forced to drop out of the presidential race because of the email scandal, according to Joseph diGenova.[iii] - She finished the race.

Anyone who predicted someone other than Donald Trump would be elected was wrong.




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The 2 people who predicted Secretary Clinton would not be forced out of the presidential race are right and former U.S. attorney for DC Joseph diGenova was wrong.

Predictions for 2017

Richard Branson believed Virgin Galactic will show a profit. It didn't happen. So far Tom Brewer’s prediction that Virgin Galactic would never fly a paying customer is holding up.

NBC's prediction Americans will have implanted microchips has come to pass. Some Americans have such implants.

Donald J. Trump is The President of The United States so the prediction President Obama will be the last American president is wrong.

President Obama didn't reveal alien and UFO details held by the US before he lleft office.

William A. Holden, former Chief of the Propellants, Logistics and Services Office at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), predicted NASA will launch American astronauts into space.[i] This has not happened. predicted worldwide airlines will carry 3.91 Billion passengers. Airline passengers exceeded that total.


Predictions for 2018

Terrafugia will have a prototype flying car. The prototype made 317 successful take offs and landing.

According to the IMF the U.S. economy will grow 2.5%

According to the Bank of America the bull market will end. The Dow Jones Industrial average has taken a significant decline from its record breaking high in October 2018.

The U.S. budget deficit will be $589 billion according to OMB director Mick Mulvaney. The U.S. budget deficit for 2018 was $830 billion.

Gold will be $700 per ounce according to Harry Dent. Gold stood at $1,280.40.

According to Goldman Sacks it will be a good year for the U.S. Economy. The unemployment rate will drop to 3.7%. Inflation will rise to 1.8%. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 3.7% and was 3.7% in November 2018.

Will President Donald Trump be forced to leave office from a scandal before the end of his first term?

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Predictions for 2019

According to Goldman Sacks unemployment may reach 3.5%. It happened.

SpaceX will fly 2 space tourists around the moon. It didn't happen.

The Mars spaceship will be ready for short flights according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. It didn't happen.

In the 2019 State of the Union Address President Trump claimed an American rocket will launch Americans into space. It didn't happen.

Predictions for 2020

The People's Republic of China will land a rover on Mars in 2020. It didn't happen.

Digital versions of people will make decisions for them according to John Smart in 2020. It didn't happen.

According to NASA the Antarctic Larsen B Ice Shelf will break apart completely by 2020. It happened.

President Trump won't finish his presidency.

President Trump will quit seeking re-election in March, 2020 according to Anthony Scaramucci.[I] It didn't happen.

The People's Republic of China will land a rover on Mars.[ii]

The glaciers in Glacier National Park will be gone according to the National Park Service. It didn't happen. The National Park Service removed the warning in June 2019.

An MIT computer model predicts the standard of living will start to decline.[iii]

10-Year Yield is headed all the way to zero, according to Bob Michele, chief investment officer and head of global fixed income.

Pope Francis will resign. It didn't happen.

The UK will exit the EU. It happened.

Coronavirus brought about many predictions there were some accurate predictions and predictions with various degrees of inaccuracies.

According to the Centre for Applied Macroeconomics Analysis, The Global Macroeconomics Impacts of COVID-19: February 2020 the Coronavirus will kill at least 236,000 people in the U.S. and 15 million worldwide in the first year. The prediction proved true for the United States but as of 1/1/2021 the worldwide deaths were 1.8 million.

A University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School Model around May 20, predicted at least 4.3 million cases and 230,000 deaths in the U.S. by July 24. At the time there were over 1.5 million cases and over 92,000 deaths in America. On July 24 the U.S. had 4,097,270 confirmed cases and 145,184 deaths.

Andy Slavitt made a Twitter post on March 14 that claimed: "By March 23 many of our largest cities & hospitals are on course to be overrun with cases." It didn't happen.

An average of 23 models was accurate in predicting the number of COVID-19 deaths in America.

Ed Young predicted in an article in The Atlantic there would be 2.2 million deaths in the U.S. because of COVID-19 by September 21.[iv]

The University of Washington's IHME model and Youyang Gu correctly predicted the number of COVID-19 deaths by November 1. The IHME incorrectly predicted COVID-19 would kill 410,000 by the end of 2020.

Dr. Anthony S. Fauci correctly predicted COVID-19 infections could exceed 100,000 per day.

Dr. Jonathan Reiner of George Washington University predicted the COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. would near 4,000 deaths per day by December 6. The highest daily death toll by December 6 was 2,879 on December 4.

Christ Whitty & Patrick Vallance predicted the UK would have 50,000 daily cases and 200,000 deaths by November. The highest daily cases in November was 33,517 on November 12. As of November 7 the UK death toll was 48,978.

President Joe Biden sated during the October 22 debate COVID-19 will kill about 423,000 people by the end of 2020. He raised that total to over 520,000 at a Virtual Event on the Economic Impact of COVID-19 on December 2. On December 31 as of 5:23 PM Eastern Time the death toll was 345,051.




[iv], last accessed 1/1/21.



  • India will have a crewed space mission.
  • SpaceX will ferry tourists into high Earth orbit.
  • Cheetahs could be extinct in the wild.
  • The CDC predicted there would be 378,000 - 419,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. by January 16.
  • The University of Washington school of Medicine correctly predicted there will be 314,000 - 477,000 COVID-19 deaths in the US by February 1.
  • correctly predicted there will be 304,692.35 - 613,858.95 COVID-19 deaths in the US by February 1.
  • The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 could be over 500,000 by February 1 unless nearly all Americans wear face masks according to the University of Washington School of Medicine.
  • The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 will be over 455,00 by March 1 according to the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

Beyond 2021


  • The ESA will launch the Rosalind Franklin to Mars.
  • SpaceX CEO ELon Musk plans to launch space ships to Mars.
  • India plans to have a human mission to the Moon.


  • According to Henry Markram we could create a simulation of the entire human brain on a supercomputer.
  • SpaceX will fly Yusaku Maezawa around the moon.


  • Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, predicted there would be battles over water and food.
  • Terrafugia will have production flying cars.
  • According to Bloomberg China will exceed the U.S. as the number 1 market for air travel.
  • SpaceX will land on Mars according to Elon Musk.
  • Former president Donald Trump claimed America would land astronauts on the Moon.
  • Terrafugia will have production flying cars.
  • Bloomberg claims China will exceed the U.S. as the number 1 market for air travel.


  • According to Blumberg India will be the number 3 market for air travel behind China and the U.S.
  • According to NADA Glacier National Park in Montana might not have any glaciers by 2025. This won’t last long because another prediction is the earth will begin a mini-ice age by 2030.[ii]
  • Seawater will be used for fuel.

2027 - The U.S. will have a permanent human presence on the moon according to 2018 NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.


  • Microchip implants will be commonplace in humans.
  • Passenger movements in Australia will double to 279 million, according to Flightglobal.
  • China will have humans on a lunar base.

2031 - According to U.S. Congressional Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the would will end.


  • According to NOAA the Arctic Ocean will be ice free.
  • According to an MIT model civilization will end.
  • Spain will have the longest life expectancy, 85.8 years.

2045 - Josh Bocanegra claims his company Humai will be able to resurrect the dead.[iii]




This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Robert Sacchi


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    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      4 years ago

      Self driving cars look interesting. Maybe not popular with purists but from a practical standpoint there are people who need to get around who maybe shouldn't be driving. At some point I may be one of them.

    • Anita Hasch profile image

      Anita Hasch 

      4 years ago from Port Elizabeth

      I suppose you are right. I myself know very little about the mechanical side of a car.

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      4 years ago

      Petrol and the internal combustion engine are amazing. A gallon of it in an internal combustion engine and a heavy vehicle can travel for miles. A flying car is difficult because a flying vehicle is different from a ground vehicle. There have been some attempts to have a "flying car". I remember an article years ago when the idea of a train that would elevate itself slightly and rise above the track was in vogue. The French concluded the concept wastes a lot of energy just to lift the train. They dropped the concept and went with a conventional high speed train system. Then there is the USMC experience when they first tried to use the Harrier. The possibility of asymmetric thrust while hovering with a pilot with not enough flying hours in VSTOL aircraft, not a good combination. Maybe a flying car isn't such a good idea.

    • Anita Hasch profile image

      Anita Hasch 

      4 years ago from Port Elizabeth

      You are so right about killer replicants, would hate for that to happen. Unlikely though. However, small flying cars seem possible. If they can send a person into space, and navigate them back again, a flying small car should not be impossible. They would first have to discover an alternative to petrol.

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      4 years ago

      Thanks for reading and commenting. According to Back to the Future we should have flying cars. According to Blade Runner we should also have killer replicants running around. I guess all in all we should be thankful the dsytopian future hasn't become a reality for us.

    • Anita Hasch profile image

      Anita Hasch 

      4 years ago from Port Elizabeth

      Interesting hubs. I must say flying cars make sense to me, and possible. I'm talking about small narrow cars here. Perhaps one passenger sitting behind the driver. Just flying above the ground. Just imagine how much longer the roads will last. But seriously, possible. Just over 100 years ago the Wright brothers were laughed at when they said they could fly a plane. And look where we are now.

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for your feedback.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Some of these predictions are based on the predictors ignorance, like the one that Hillary would be indicted, etc. Lots of people have used their personal servers for government business, in some cases top secret business, and none of them were charged with anything. Among them, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell. I don't recall there being any million dollar investigations about them either.

      I guess we just have too much money in the treasury right now and need to clear some of it out -- the Republican Party is the Party that watches carefully over our money and makes sure no one pays a penny of taxes if it can be avoided. Republicans hate waste -- so they say. Their spending habits suggest otherwise given all the billions they have spent investigating the Clintons alone, and so far never finding anything worth the money spent on the search. Yes, spend whatever it takes to find something, anything on the Clintons, and cut Social Security and Medicare benefits to those people who paid in all of their working lives so it would be there when they needed it. Who cares about those schmucks? Just take their money and direct it to investigations of the Clintons, and the old geezers can just die and get out of the way of more important things, yes?

      Lots of people said the desperate search to find something, anything at all that would stop Hillary, would result in her being indicted, etc. and many more said those investigations would lead nowhere. I was among those who said it would go nowhere because she has done nothing any more illegal than C. Rice and Colin Powell to name just 2 others. Sorry to disappoint, but intent does matter and it's an important part of deciding if someone intentionally broke the law.

      Haters desperately wanted Hilary to be jailed, and still do. Where were the Haters when Colin Powell and Condoleezza were doing the same thing?

      Being a psychology major, I know the answer. I know why the Haters didn't pick on Republicans who did this same thing with their email.

      You see, when Republicans break the law (like Nixon, Reagan, Rice, Bush the warcrimes former president, and others) they have a good reason for breaking the law. But if a Democrat breaks the law (Hillary actually didn't break the law), it's because they have poor judgment, character issues, etc. In other words, when I screw you over I have a good reason, but when you screw someone over it's because of character and personality shortcomings on your part.

      Can you spell hypocrite? Instead of running their mouths, Haters really should do a little research and learn the facts. Ah, but that requires intelligence and effort. Republicans are very proud to state ad nauseum that "You can't fix stupid!" Well, I think they've proven that right, but seem to be in denial about who that really applies to.

      The current prediction seems to be about Marshall Law. Obama is going to put Marshall Law into effect momentarily and most of the ignorant Haters are mightily perplexed as to why he hasn't already done it. It was supposed to happen in 1015. They've been calling for it long enough, so what's the hold up?

      So check it out. It's all over the Net, and update your article to include Marshall Law.

      Interesting article!

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      5 years ago

      Yes, it's the machine gun method. Predict often, some are bound to come somewhat true, if a prediction comes to past boast about it. If a prediction doesn't come true be quiet about it.

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Amazing that people keep listening to those "so called experts" when they are wrong with so many of their predictions.

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      5 years ago

      So true. What I find annoying is when an expert makes a prediction that doesn't come to past and the expert isn't held to account.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Most of the predictions never in fact happen. Like you said...keep predicting the same thing over and over and eventually it might come true. Ha! Just think how many end of the earth scenarios there have been. Someday it is bound to happen.

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      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      There are many predictions listed above which do not need much time to be tested. Lets see what these are all about but kudos to the thinking process.

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      5 years ago

      There are a couple of approaches. Predict something a few years in the future and most people will forget about it when the year of the prediction comes about. The purpose of the article is to hold some folks accountable. Another is to keep predicting the same thing; there will be a stock market crash this year. Eventually there will be one then you can say you were right. The predictor never mentions they have been wrong for the 5 years before that. Then there is the approach of making many predictions, one is bound to come true.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      Interesting...we shall see what we shall see....I often wonder if those who make predictions such as these feel abashed when they do NOT in fact happen :D

      Angels are on the way to you ps

    • Robert Sacchi profile imageAUTHOR

      Robert Sacchi 

      5 years ago

      In the case of predictions I think the most reliable ones are the ones that say a prediction won't happen.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      5 years ago from India

      Interesting hub! Let's wait and watch how many of these predictions come true.


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