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Predictions About the Future From the Past and Present

Updated on December 29, 2016
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An anamatronic dinosaur in the Dinosaurs Alive and in Color exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington , DC, April 1990.White Knight Two, a mother ship to lauch a space ship that will send passengers into space.Bashar al Assad still in power as of January 2016.2015 gas prices.
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
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
Bashar al Assad still in power as of January 2016.
Bashar al Assad still in power as of January 2016. | Source
2015 gas prices.
2015 gas prices. | 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

Reader Prediction

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 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.




Predictions for 2017

Richard Branson believes Virgin Galactic will show a profit. If this happens then Tom Brewer’s prediction that Virgin Galactic would never fly a paying customer would be proven wrong.

According to NBC Americans will have implanted microchips.

President Obama will be the last American president. So Donald Trump will not assume the office in January 2017.

President Obama 'will reveal alien and UFO details held by the US before he leaves office'.

When William A. Holden was the Chief of the Propellants, Logistics and Services Office at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) he predicted NASA will launch American astronauts into space.[i]

Worldwide airlines will carry 3.91 Billion passengers according to


Predictions for 2018 and beyond

Terrafugia will have a prototype flying car in 2018.

The People's Republic of China will land a rover on Mars in 2020.

Digital versions of people will make decisions for them according to John Smart in 2020.

Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, predicted there would be battles over water and food by 2024.

Microchip implants will be commonplace in humans by 2030.

According to NASA the Antarctic Larsen B Ice Shelf will break apart completely by 2020. 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] According to NOAA the Arctic Ocean will be ice free by 2040.

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





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      Robert Sacchi 3 months 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.

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      Anita Hasch 3 months ago from Port Elizabeth

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

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      Robert Sacchi 3 months 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.

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      Anita Hasch 3 months 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.

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      Robert Sacchi 3 months 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.

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      Anita Hasch 3 months 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.

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      Robert Sacchi 15 months ago

      Thank you for your feedback.

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      C E Clark 15 months 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!

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      Robert Sacchi 17 months 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 17 months ago from Houston, Texas

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

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      Robert Sacchi 18 months 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.

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      Peggy Woods 18 months 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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      Subhas 19 months 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.

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      Robert Sacchi 19 months 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 19 months ago from sunny 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

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      Robert Sacchi 21 months 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 21 months ago

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