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April 18, 2011

The Future, According to Google's Results

Today's XKCD comic explores the future using the top Google results for queries like "by the year *", "by <year> *". According to Google's search results, one year after the 2012 Apocalypse, "microchipping of all Americans begins". In 2014 "GNU/Linux becomes the dominant OS" and by the year 2020, HTML5 is finished and "newspapers become obsolete and die out".

Here's the entire future timeline, which includes prediction about Android, US debt, India, world population, global warming and robot policemen.

{ comic licensed as Creative Commons }


  1. Well, Their something strange!!

    How can "Android takes 38% of the smartphone market" and "Android takes 45% of the smartphone market" in the single year 2016!!

    Their may be error but its possible!!

  2. Logically, by taking 45% of the markershare you have by default taken 38%. No error.:D

  3. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link. Since there is no registration to use a CC license, CC has no way to determine what has and hasn't been placed under the terms of a CC license

  4. Then what will happen to those people who are addicted to newspapers? So much change within this period? That's strange.

  5. Its funny.

    Flying car - I like it :) hope the fuel will be cheap.

    President Clinton - is he going to be the next president?

  6. I didn't like this future timetable at all. I mean I am still young and I'd like to live my life being successful, throwing huge parties and having loads of sex.

  7. Wow! So, Google wasn't wrong after all. Most predictions came true. Amazing!


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