Moon colonies. One kilometer tall buildings. Synthetic human brains. Neuro-chips. Based on what we saw in 2019, you might think 2020 would be hard-pressed to make even half the impact as last year did. However, according to a number of reports, milestones, papers and predictions, 2020 is shaping up to be another level completely.
2020 has always been a nice, round, ‘what we expect next decade’ kind of year. 2019 was soon, 2020 is the future. Well, here we are, and it’s looking more and more like 2020 is going to be something special.
Tesla, for example, had a great year. The Model S was everywhere, the Cybertruck was unveiled and the Tesla Semi was set to go into production. But behind those news headlines, Tesla has made big leaps that position 2020 for a big change. Not only are self-driving cars here, Tesla has them on the roads, and over 2020, expect to see them turn on and drive themselves. Tesla is also expected to unveil new batteries, new solar roof tiles, a new power pack and even open a new giga-factory. Those alone make 2020 worth a watch.
If you thought Elon Musk was busy enough, consider the gangbuster year Space X had. However, 2020 has them set with even more missions than last year, more Starlink updates, more SpaceShip developments and test flights, as well as *hopefully* the first crew dragon flight to the International Space Station. Then factor in all the other milestones companies like Blue Origin, RocketLab, Bigelow Aerospace, the Gateway foundation are looking to reach, along with NASA’s own timeline for both SLS, Lop-G and the Artemis program, and space is about to look a whole lot different.
Both the Jeddah tower and the Dubai Creek tower were originally slated to open, making either one the tallest building in the world at or above an astounding one kilometers tall. The James Webb Space Telescope is set to fly, and finally give us HD vision of the cosmos.
There’s so much that has been slate to happen in 2020, and 2019 made is clear that big things are on the way. Think 2019 was amazing? Wait until 2020.