Welcome to "This Moment in Time"

Information, stories, prophecies, prognostications, predictions of doom and salvation, future scenarios, science fictions and artistic renderings that speak to this moment in time (the early 21st century).

1. Past and present futurists - from Nostradamus to Naisbitt, what do they have to say about this time in history?
2. Myths, legends, songs, stories that speak to or about this time
3. Facts, stats and predictions of science that bombard our lives everyday
4. Innovations, disruptive technologies and ideas that have or will shape our mindsets and lifestyles at a fundamental level

This is an expanded version in list form of a graphic timeline that appeared in Cabinet's "Histories of the Future" issue.

Futurists, Prophecies, Forecasts

December 21, 2012 - Nostradamus Predictions, End of the Mayan Calendar
2012 THE END OF TIME? (be patient while the commercial plays!)

The Shell Global Scenarios to 2025
Prepared for the 2005 Young Global Leaders (YGLs) meeting at the World Economic Forum

WorldShift Network
As an initiative of the Club of Budapest the founders want to establish a worldwide network which traces, connects and encourages all those associations and individuals, who are working honestly and sustainably to shift the life-threatening trend of the global change into a life-fostering direction, and lead them to political effectiveness within civil society.

Lost Generation YouTube
This video was created for the AARP U@50 video contest and placed second. It is based on the Argentinian Political Advertisement "The Truth" by RECREAR

Facts and Fictions

21st CENTURY TRIVIA Interesting facts, trivia, and a lot more courtesy of Wikipedia

News articles from the years 2020, 2040, and 2050 - fascinating read - everything from artificial intelligence, space, health, technology, movies!

1. Everything you say and do will be recorded by 2030. By the late 2010s, ubiquitous, unseen nanodevices will provide seamless communication and surveillance among all people everywhere. Humans will have nanoimplants, facilitating interaction in an omnipresent network. Everyone will have a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address. Since nano storage capacity is almost limitless, all conversation and activity will be recorded and recoverable. - Gene Stephens, "Cybercrime in the Year 2025," July-Aug 2008, p. 34

2. Bioviolence will become a greater threat as the technology becomes more accessible. Emerging scientific disciplines (notably genomics, nanotechnology, and other microsciences) could pave the way for a bioattack. Bacteria and viruses could be altered to increase their lethality or to evade antibiotic treatment. Another long-term risk comes from nanopollution fallout from warfare. Nanoparticles could potentially cause new diseases with unusual and difficult-to-treat symptoms, and they will inflict damage far beyond the traditional battlefield, even affecting future generations. - Barry Kellman, "Bioviolence: A Growing Threat," May-June 2008, p. 25 et seq.; Antonietta M. Gatti and Stefano Montanari, "Nanopollution: The Invisible Fog of Future Wars," May-June 2008, p. 32

3. The car’s days as king of the road may soon be over. More powerful wireless communication that reduces demand for travel, flying delivery drones to replace trucks, and policies to restrict the number of vehicles owned in each household are among the developments that could thwart the automobile’s historic dominance on the environment and culture. If current trends were to continue, the world would have to make way for a total of 3 billion vehicles on the road by 2025. - Thomas J. Frey, "Disrupting the Automobile’s Future," Sep-Oct 2008, p. 39 et seq.

4. Careers, and the college majors for preparing for them, are becoming more specialized. An increase in unusual college majors may foretell the growth of unique new career specialties. Instead of simply majoring in business, more students are beginning to explore niche majors such as sustainable business, strategic intelligence, and entrepreneurship. Other unusual majors that are capturing students’ imaginations: neuroscience and nanotechnology, computer and digital forensics, and comic book art. Scoff not: The market for comic books and graphic novels in the United States has grown 12% since 2006. - World Trends & Forecasts, Sep-Oct 2008, p. 8

5. There may not be world law in the foreseeable future, but the world’s legal systems will be networked. The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN), a database of local and national laws for more than 50 participating countries, will grow to include more than 100 counties by 2010. The database will lay the groundwork for a more universal understanding of the diversity of laws between nations and will create new opportunities for peace and international partnership. - Joseph N. Pelton, "Toward a Global Rule of Law: A Practical Step Toward World Peace," Nov-Dec 2007, p. 25

6. Professional knowledge will become obsolete almost as quickly as it’s acquired. An individual’s professional knowledge is becoming outdated at a much faster rate than ever before. Most professions will require continuous instruction and retraining. Rapid changes in the job market and work-related technologies will necessitate job education for almost every worker. At any given moment, a substantial portion of the labor force will be in job retraining programs. - Marvin J. Cetron and Owen Davies, "Trends Shaping Tomorrow’s World, Part Two," May-June 2008, p 41

7. The race for biomedical and genetic enhancement will-in the twenty-first century-be what the space race was in the previous century. Humanity is ready to pursue biomedical and genetic enhancement, says UCLA professor Gregory Stock, the money is already being invested, but, he says, "We’ll also fret about these things-because we’re human, and it’s what we do." - Gregory Stock quoted in "Thinking Globally, Acting Locally, Living Personally," Nov-Dec 2007, p. 57

8. Urbanization will hit 60% by 2030. As more of the world’s population lives in cities, rapid development to accommodate them will make existing environmental and socioeconomic problems worse. Epidemics will be more common due to crowded dwelling units and poor sanitation. Global warming may accelerate due to higher carbon dioxide output and loss of carbon-absorbing plants. - Marvin J. Cetron and Owen Davies, "Trends Shaping Tomorrow’s World, Part One," Mar-Apr 2008, p. 52

9. The Middle East will become more secular while religious influence in China will grow. Popular support for religious government is declining in places like Iraq, according to a University of Michigan study. The researchers report that in 2004 only one-fourth of respondents polled believed that Iraq would be a better place if religion and politics were separated. By 2007, that proportion was one-third. Separate reports indicate that religion in China will likely increase as an indirect result of economic activity and globalization. - World Trends & Forecasts, Nov-Dec 2007, p. 10

10. Access to electricity will reach 83% of the world by 2030. Electrification has expanded around the world, from 40% connected in 1970 to 73% in 2000, and may reach 83% of the world’s people by 2030. Electricity is fundamental to raising living standards and access to the world’s products and services. Impoverished areas such as sub-Saharan Africa still have low rates of electrification; for instance, Uganda is just 3.7% electrified. - Andy Hines, "Global Trends in Culture, Infrastructure, and Values," Sep-Oct 2008, p. 20

Consumer trends and insights from around the world.

Art, Science, Literature, Music

Literature: The Postman, by David Brin (1985)
Set in a post-apocalyptic country, Gordon Krantz (Kevin Coster in the movie) wears a postal uniform for lack of anything else, and finds people desperate to believe that he is actuallya postman. As he continues his travels, he assumes the persona of the postman in order to help keep hope alive. The novel was made into a film in 1997 (and set in 2013).

Movie: Cloverfield (2008)
The film takes place on May 22, 2009, presented as a recording from a camcorder found in what used to be Central Park. This camcorder tracks the attack of a giant monster in New York City. It is from the point of view of five people attending a going-away party.

Movie: I Am Legend (2007)
Although the film takes place in 2012, it begins in 2009, when a cure for cancer doesn't go as planned.

Movie: Freejack (1992)
In the year 2009, the super-wealthy can achieve immortality by hiring "bonejackers". These are mercenaries equipped with time travel devices, who snatch people from the past in the moments prior to their deaths, to use as substitute bodies.

MusicVideo: In the Year 2525, by Zager & Evans


TV: Stargate - Season 7: Revisions: Episode where they travel to a society where everyone has the equivalent of bluetooth earpieces implanted in their ears. The only things they believe are the bulletin broadcasts that are transmitted to them via the earpieces and they believe if they remove the earpieces, they will die.


Video: The Future of Communication Prosumers, Avatars, Second Life, Experience Chips…

Outer Space

Timeline of space exploration from 2000 to 2037

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