An aerial view shows the scene of an explosion in the 900 block of Assembly Road in Jeffersonville, Ind. 20 predictions for 2020: Here's what people said would happen by this year Grace Hauck USA TODAY Jetpacks, disintegrator rays, nuclear energy, Mars. They are embedded everywhere – in walls, tables, chairs, desks, clothing jewelry and bodies. Runners cross the Verrazano Narrow Bridge during the TCS New York City Marathon in New York on Nov. 3, 2019. The pink hue happens in response to high salt levels, lots of sunlight and a lack of rainfall. Dans Top 10 economic predictions for 2020, IHS Markit prévoit que la croissance en Chine va tomber en-dessous des fatidiques 6% en 2020, pour la première fois depuis 1990. People light torches during a protest against President Milo Djukanovic in Montenegro's capital Podgorica, March 23, 2019, demanding the resignation of long-serving President Milo Djukanovic. Sound familiar? According to reports, the ongoing conflict in Yemen since 2015 has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, with 10 million people living with extreme hunger and two million children under five already acutely malnourished, as the Arab country enters its fifth year of armed conflict between the Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces and the Houthi rebels. Union members, activists and their supporters march through the city during their annual May Day procession in support of workers' rights and immigrant freedom in Los Angeles on May 1, 2019. 3) Marijuana decriminalization Not in Texas. Visitors walk at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Feb. 25, 2019. An anti-government demonstrator is sprayed by a police water cannon during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Dec. 9, 2019. Choristers from Winchester Cathedral joke around in between posing for pictures on March 5, 2019 in Winchester, England. I hope I'm not one of them." Fishermen return home as the sun sets at the beach in Karachi, Pakistan, Nov. 21, 2019. In the 1900s and earlier in the 2000s, many futurists made their predictions as to how 2020 would look. Valentino Rossi rides during the second MotoGP free practice session, ahead of the French Motorcycle Grand Prix, on May 17, 2019, in Le Mans, France. Hawaii's Billy Kemper falls off his board during the Da Hui Backdoor shootout at the Pipeline on Oahu's North Shore on Jan. 13, 2019. You can't take these out-of-towners anymore. Britain's Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, with her brother, Britain's Prince George of Cambridge, arrives for her first day of school at Thomas's Battersea in London on Sept. 5, 2019. Dancers line up to perform during the Cambodian People's Party  ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime at the National Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh on Jan. 7, 2019. Below, his predictions – and, in bold, our 2020 accounting of whether he got it right or not. A helicopter tries to extinguish the wildfire outside of Corinth, Greece on July 10, 2019. Military re-enactors look on as 280 paratroopers take part in a parachute drop onto fields on June 5, 2019 at Sannerville, France. Marine One kicks up snow as it lands on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on Feb. 1, 2019. 8) A state income tax Not gonna happen, as reaffirmed by Texas voters as recently as November 2019. View of burned areas of the Amazon rainforest, near Abuna, Rondonia state, Brazil, on Aug. 24, 2019. In 1997, British news organization The Independent forecast that in 2020, Boris Johnson would become a member of the Cabinet of the United Kingdom, a decision-making body composed of the prime minister and a team of handpicked members of Parliament. In an era when some populations worldwidelive under 24/7 high-tech surveillance, most U.S. adults say they do not think it is possible to go through daily life without having data collected about them by companies or the government, according to a survey of U.S. adults by Pew Research Center. "Everywhere one looks, in fact, one sees nationalism at work in today’s world," Stephen Walt, a professor of international relations at Harvard University, wrote in Foreign Policy Magazine. Unlikely: Though we work less than we did in 1968, the average American worked nearly 1,800 hours in 2018 (35 hours a week), according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Opportunities to get civically involved this year, Traditional restaurateuring gets a millennial makeover. Seagulls fly above a beach in Kuwait City during a partial solar eclipse event on Dec. 26, 2019. Thousands of protestors in Hong Kong have taken to the streets fighting for their right to remain independent from China. The Milky Way is visible in the clear night sky above the Saint Anne Chapel near Abasar, Hungary, June 30, 2019. The mosque was designed by two female architects and includes a museum, art gallery and library. 4) The end of the petroleum age Nope. Women wade through a flooded street in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, April 10, 2019. The street cars, railroad cars, and other familiar methods of travel doubtless will have passed the way of history a century from this hour. The area received up to 12 inches of rain during an overnight storm that hit the area causing flooding that even forced Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to shut down flight operations early Monday morning. Members of the U.S. Coast Guard unload supplies from a Coast Guard helicopter from the side of the cargo ship Golden Ray, Sept. 9, 2019, after their vessel overturned while leaving the Port of Brunswick, Ga., early Sunday morning. A contrary prediction was that the US may warm 6 degrees F from 1990 to 2020. Looking at this recent history, and analyzing both its abstract and tangible components, we can extrapolate certain predictions for the upcoming election. Relatives cry at the graveside during the funeral of a victim of the Easter Sunday Bombings at a local cemetery on April 24, 2019 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A Kashmiri Muslim woman prays as the head priest displays a relic at the Hazratbal shrine on the occasion of Mehraj-u-Alam, believed to mark the ascension of Prophet Muhammad to heaven, in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, on April 4, 2019. No: (Unless you're Luke Skywalker or Buzz Lightyear. A parent is reunited with her children after two students were killed and others were injured during a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California on Nov. 14, 2019. A spokesman says Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as a safety precaution, following the crash of one of its planes on March 10 in which 157 people were killed. Charge d'Affaires at the US embassy in Ukraine Bill Taylor Jr. (L) and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia George Kent (R) are sworn in to testify before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald J. Trump, on Capitol Hill Nov. 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS, AFP via Getty Images. A protester breaks a window of the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, China, on July 1, 2019. Ashlee Rezin Garcia, Chicago Sun-Times via AP. Though Alexa isn't sorting through your emails (that we know of) and your smart thermostat isn't tracking your purchases, Gates isn't far off. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attends the State Opening of Parliament in the Houses of Parliament in London on Oct. 14, 2019. A man watches fish and sharks swim at the Miami Seaquarium on Nov. 27, 2019, in Miami, Fla. Michael Clevegner, Courier Journal-USA TODAY NETWORK. Comedian and activist Jon Stewart (C) and U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) (C-L) salute the casket of retired NYPD detective Luis Alvarez as it is brought into Immaculate Conception Church on July 3, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. Some predictions take years to resolve. The vote was cancelled. Startups are developing solutions for online voting, such as the Voatz mobile voting platform, which has used biometric/facial recognition in at least four public election pilots in the USA. People protest against violence against women in Ecatepec, Mexico on Aug. 30, 2019. An Indigenous man stands under a water fountain outside a government building n Brasilia, on April 26, 2019, during the last day of a protest camp. He smartly called certain trends – the one-man show, a more expansive idea of what constitutes a performance space (including staging pieces in living rooms), and more and more "spectacle" pieces. Most twentieth-century paper documents of interest have been scanned and are available through the wireless network," Kurzweil predicted. Art Basel represents over 250 art galleries onsite at the Miami Beach Convention Center and is considered one of the world's largest art festivals with art events throughout the city. Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press via USA Today Network. Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein leaves his temple after speaking at a press conference in front of Chabad of Poway synagogue on April 28, 2019. Protesters called on the British Government to take action against China for not honoring the Sino-British Joint Declaration. All of Austin is now a single massive Alamo Drafthouse screening random reels of El Topo, Smokey and the Bandit, Cats, and Martin Scorsese's gritty reboot of Father Dowling Mysteries. Guatemalans are voting for their next president in elections plagued by widespread disillusion and distrust, and as thousands of their compatriots flee poverty and gang violence to seek a new life in the United States. In 1994, the International Food Policy Research Institute projected the world population would increase by 2.5 billion to reach 8 billion by 2020. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the continent of Africa would add 1.5 billion people, the institute predicted. A whistleblower complaint and Democratic outrage over President Donald Trump's discussions with the Ukrainian president have sparked yet another inquiry into Trump's interactions with foreign leaders and has spilled over into the 2020 presidential campaign. A general view of Citizens Bank Park during the national anthem before the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Atlanta Braves on Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park on March 28, 2019 in Philadelphia. He became a national figure after he spent his last days fighting for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund which pays for health benefits for the police, firefighters and others who have become sick after being exposed to toxins following the September 11 attacks. Beachgoers play with balls at Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 29, 2019. Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox is showered in Gatorade after the Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 10-5 at Fenway Park on July 26, 2019 in Boston. – Editor-in-Chief Kimberley Jones. In honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot, the patron saint of animals, horses are ridden through the bonfires on the night before the official day of honoring animals in Spain. Brennan wrote in 1968. Operating at a significantly lower batting average: Publisher Nick Barbaro. "Computers are now largely invisible. The shooter was hit and injured in an exchange of gunfire with federal officers outside the courthouse. In a historic first, a gay African American woman was elected mayor of America's third largest city as Chicago voters entrusted a political novice with tackling difficult problems of economic inequality and gun violence. Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, National Security Council Director for European Affairs, arrives to testify before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill Nov. 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. Accordind to Nostradamus predictions for 2020, we are on the verge of an imminent market crash. A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on April 21, killing nearly 160 people, including dozens of foreigners. The Rose Trip Maroc is a female-oriented trek where teams of three must travel through the southern Moroccan Sahara desert with a compass, a map and a topographical reporter. Migrants queue upon their arrival at the harbour of Malaga on Aug. 29, 2019, after an inflatable boat carrying 132 migrants was rescued by the Spanish coast guard, off the Spanish coast. The four astronauts touch down and beam their images back to the 11 billion people sharing in the moment. Memorable moments: See a photo from each day of 2019, Read or Share this story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/12/22/2020-predictions-decades-ago-self-driving-cars-mars-voting/2594825001/, Though life expectancy in many industrialized nations. Demonstrators hold up placards representing the number of the people who have died due to gun violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 20, 2019, during an event with gun violence prevention advocates. Here's what happened. Winchester Cathedral held it's inaugural Shrove Tuesday Pancake day race in the Cathedral grounds with money raised going to local charities. The smoke of the fires covers the area causing poor visibility affecting air traffic. In 1957, Popular Mechanics published a series of predictions about 2020, including one that claimed “roads and streets will be replaced by a network of pneumatic tubes. Over 1,000 participants took part, paddling along 11 kilometers on the Seine river. We all walk along our own paths, all with Danielle Parhizkaran, Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY, Central American migrants and locals arrive in Ciudad Hidalgo in Chiapas State, Mexico, after illegally crossing the Suchiate river from Tecun Uman in Guatemala in a makeshift raft, on June 10, 2019. United States Air Force Academy cadets toss their hats in the air as the Thunderbirds fly overhead during the cadets' graduation ceremony at Falcon Stadium., May 30, 2019, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao and Rohan Raja are all announced as winners during the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, on May 31, 2019. A drone image shows children playing in a 20,000 square-meter corn maze, at Urba Kids, in Orbe, Switzerland on Aug. 22, 2019. Palestinians light fireworks above the rubble to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan in Gaza City, May 13, 2019. The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments regarding termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy on Nov, 12. A man rides a horse through a bonfire during 'Las Luminarias' Festival on Jan. 16, 2019 in San Bartolome de Pinares, Spain. James Corden performs during the opening number of the 73rd Annual Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on June 9, 2019. In the last 20 years, we have already seen a You're late for work, again, because of SXSW traffic. Light rail debuted in 2010, but largely functions as a commuter rail. The paddle steamer 'Italie' sails on Lake Geneva past a giant fork sculpture designed by Switzerland's artist Jean-Pierre Zaugg, May 21, 2019. Last year, West Virginia began using Voatz for absentee voting for military personnel stationed overseas. Speaker Pelosi faced increased pressure to begin an impeachment inquiry, with more democratic lawmakers saying they favor the move after whistleblower accusations against President Trump and his dealings with Ukraine. Special Counsel Robert Mueller speaks on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019. A young protestor takes part in a demonstration organized by 'Global Strike 4 Climate' in Parliament Square in London, May 24, 2019. South Koreans spin cans of burning charcoal during an event to celebrate the upcoming first full moon of the lunar new year at a riverside park in Seoul on Feb. 17, 2019. A construction crane working on a building in downtown Seattle collapsed April 27, 2019. (Photo: Getty Images). A child stands after having his head shaved during a ceremony entitled 'Children Becoming Buddhist Monks', at the Jogye temple in Seoul on April 22, 2019. Support the Chronicle, Oct. 12, 1990, cover illustrated by Sam Hurt: "Austin, Texas, 2020AD – The unprecedented success of the first urban rain forest thwarts another visionary project: solar powered mass transportation.". ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS, AFP/Getty Images. Multiple exposures combined in camera show models walking the runway at the Christian Cowan event during New York Fashion Week on Feb. 12, 2019 in New York City. China launched one of the world's most powerful rockets in a major step forward for its planned mission to Mars in 2020. In addition to diagnosis, these monitors provide a range of remedial recommendations and interventions," he wrote in "The Age of Spiritual Machines.". People make their way through a flooded road during heavy monsoon rains in Karachi, Pakistan on July 30, 2019. Turkeys rule on Central Park West as spectators watch the MacyÕs Thanksgiving Day Parade on Nov. 28, 2019 in New York City. 2019. By 1990, average family income will be up to $12,000—measured in buying power of today's dollars. Because of the mild weather, a larger than usual crowd of people visiting from all over the world is expected to watch the ball drop. ", Not really: China faces scrutiny over human rights abuses against pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong and against nearly 1 million Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim population, members of which have been arbitrarily detained and imprisoned in "reeducation" camps in China's Xinjiang region. Asa's mother was unaware of the zoo's closure. A demonstrator gestures during clashes in front of the National Palace, in the centre of Haitian Capital Port-au-Prince, Feb. 13, 2019, on the seventh day of protests against Haitian President Jovenel Moise and the misuse of the Petrocaribe fund. Most cars don't run on hydrogen fuel cells. The moon sets behind the Statue of Liberty on Nov. 2, 2019 in New York City. A Thai Royal Navy oarsman steers a Royal Barge during the full dress rehearsal of the Royal Barge Procession to honor the occasion of the Coronation of Thai King Rama X, along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 21, 2019. Bullet trains are seen submerged in muddy waters in Nagano, Japan, after Typhoon Hagibis hit the city, Oct. 13, 2019. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif., announces the House will begin a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald J. Trump in the US Capitol in Washington, DC on Sept. 24, 2019. For example, people under the sign of Ox born in 1961, 1973 and 1985 will have different fortune in each year. For many Europeans, the topic is a matter of fierce debate. Rwandans sitting in the stands hold candles as part of a candlelit vigil during the memorial service held at Amahoro stadium in the capital Kigali, Rwanda, April 7, 2019. Believers gather with candles next to a bonfire called "Demera" during the Meskel celebrations, a religious holiday held by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church at Meskel square in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sept. 27, 2019. Whatevs, the economic impact is too good to pass up, City Council argues.) At least three deaths have been linked to the flooding. A near full moon rises behind The French Alps as seen from Geneva on Sept. 12, 2019. In the first public impeachment hearings in more than two decades, House Democrats are trying to build a case that President Donald Trump committed extortion, bribery or coercion by trying to enlist Ukraine to investigate his political rival in exchange for military aide and a White House meeting that Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky sought with Trump. A Navy Midshipman signals his classmate on the field ahead of an NCAA college football game between the Army and the Navy, Dec. 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. A huge blast followed by a gun battle rocked an upmarket hotel and office complex in Nairobi causing casualties, in an attack claimed by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab Islamist group. Israeli security forces take position during clashes with Palestinian stone throwers following a weekly demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian lands by Israel, in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on May 3, 2019. ), An oil rig stands in the distance. Getting down into the real nitty-gritty, Richard and Barbara Cilley were remarkably prescient with their 10 predicted trends, accurately forecasting Travis County's passing the 1 million residents mark (that was recorded as far back as the 2010 census); the rise in biotechnology, including GMOs; instantaneous communication; the rise of debit cards; the dissolution of the nuclear family; "smart" technology, especially in terms of the "'smart' house of the future [which] will provide active energy conservation ... robotic assistance for clean-up and recycling, and even emotionally tuned mini-environments for stress reduction or romance." A reveller covered in tomato pulp participates in the annual "Tomatina" festival in Bunol, Spain on Aug. 28, 2019. Koalas rescued from fire grounds have been brought back to the hospital for treatment. Here's what's at stake. None of the apocalyptic predictions with due dates as of today have come true. 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