Future Predictions- Guess the Year


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Future Predictions- Guess the year
Will for predictions/ Future continuous/ Technical English
Using the tense that your teacher tells you to, choose one of the years below and make
predictions about life in that time until your partner guesses the right year. Use the list of
inventions on the next page to help you if you like. Note that some of the times listed might
be the same as each other, depending on what year it is when you are speaking.

Possible things to speak about

At the end of this year
This time next year
At the end of next year
The year after next (= In two years)
In five years
At the end of this decade
In a decade
In 2030
In two decades
In half a century
At the end of this century
In a century
In 2200
In half a millennium
At the end of this millennium
In a millennium
In two millennia
In a million years

Birth/ Childhood
Crime/ Policing
Fashion/ Clothing
Food and drink/ Nutrition
Personal hygiene/ Personal grooming
Retirement/ Old age
The environment
Transport/ Travel

Useful phrases
… will be (exactly/ more or less) the same.
… will be (slightly/ quite a lot/ completely) different.
… will be better/ faster/ cheaper/ more common/ possible.

What language could you use to talk about how likely things are to happen? Use that
language to discuss some inventions from the next page.

Predict whether the things in italics on the next page will definitely happen at some time
(+), might happen at some time (?) or will definitely never happen (-).

You can find analysis of the future possibility of the inventions in italics on the Internet.
Choose one of the things in italics that you would like to learn more about, search for
details on it online, and read and check whether your prediction was correct.

Underline or copy down positive, negative and mixed words in the text to check the
probability that it exists.

Find three similar texts and change one to make it much more unlikely or likely than it
presently suggests. Explain all three texts then see if your partners can guess which one
you changed.

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A cure for criminality

A world government

Androids/ Robots which are indistinguishable from people

Bionic limbs

Breeding of extinct animals

Chips in our brains

Computer generated film stars/ television personalities

Cryonic suspension

Driverless cars/ Robotaxis

Eternal life

Face scanner (= Scanning your face instead of using a key or taking a fingerprint)

Finding alien life

Flexible displays (= Computer displays that can be bent like paper)

Flying cars

Generation ships (= Generations of people living and breeding on a spaceship on their

way to another planet)

Gravitational shielding (= Anti-gravity)

Growing of human organs

Human cloning

Human teleportation

Invisibility/ A personal cloaking device

Laser guns with the possibility of stun settings


Limitless cheap electrical energy, e.g. from fusion reactors

Lunar and interplanetary tourism

Medicines which improve our intelligence

Permanent settlements on other planets

Personal force field shields

Reading people’s minds

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Recording dreams

Replicator (= A machine that can scan and copy anything)

Reprogramming people’s minds

Robotic exoskeleton (= An external artificial skeleton that makes you stronger)

Robots with feelings

Selecting characteristics of your future child from a menu

Self-replicating machines

Space elevators

The complete automation of all work

The elimination of absolute poverty

Time machines/ Time travel

Human travel to other stars

Underwater cities

Universal translator

Uploading our minds (personalities, memories, etc) into supercomputers

Virtual reality that is indistinguishable from real life

War in space

Warp speed (= Faster than light travel)

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2013

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