Let’s Take a Peek Into the Future and See What Wonders Are in Store for Us in 2021
Welcome back Aluxers. As 2020 draws to a close, we could go off on a rant about what a train wreck of a year it’s been. But let’s not. Partly, because it’s all been said so many times already. And besides, with only a few days of 2020 left, we think it’s time to start looking ahead — at things to look forward to in 2021.
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Big Steps Forward for Electric Cars
2020 was the year Tesla overtook Toyota to become the world’s highest-valued car company. And it’s not the only e-car company that’s going places. For a while we’ve been talking about China’s Nio, whose share prices and sales have really been going places this year. And mainstream car manufacturers that are branching out onto the electric market too.
2021 could be the year that sees e-cars fully break through. Just look at the number of models due to come out in 2021 — the Audi e-tron GT — the the BMW i4 — the Mercedes EQS — the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo — the Jaguar XJ Electric — and offerings from SEAT, Fiat, Renault, Dacia, Lotus, an electric Hummer. And of course, the Tesla Cybertruck. And that’s naming a few.
For sure, for anybody hunting for e-cars later in the year, is going to have a lot more to choose from than they do now. And 2021 could be the year all-electric cars really put the electric revolution up a gear.
Forget the conspiracy theories — yeah, like the ones about the piece of metal in your face mask being a secret 5G antenna. And yes, we know that 5G is already here. But 2021 promises be the year it really takes off. Sales of 5G equipped devices are set to double in 2021. And even if worldwide coverage slowed down in 2020 because of the pandemic, in 2021 it looks set to go full steam ahead.
So how’s it going to change things? 5G has the kind of high speeds and low latency that can really be game-changers. We mean, downloading a feature-length movie in a few seconds. Teleconferencing and gaming with no noticeable lag. Better connectivity.
And that’s just the start. More data and faster speeds bring whole new possibilities for things like automated cars — automated flying taxis — AI — telemedicine — virtual and augmented reality — the Internet of things and smart cities. Which means that the future really is 5G. And it’s on the way, fast.
Specifically, Elon Musks’ Starlink. It’s not the only Space internet project on the cards, but it’s the one we’ll be hearing the most about this year.
Starlink has spent a lot of 2020 sending internet satellites into orbit. For most of us, the only real result we’ve seen so far is complaints from astronomers who say it’s been ruining their view of the night sky.
But when it comes to internet coverage, there are signs things are starting to move forward. Beta testing is already underway, and people who’ve used it have had good things to say about it. Like fast connections, and improved coverage for remote areas.
We don’t know exactly how soon Starlink internet will be available to the general public — although if you check out their website, you can apply to be part of their beta testing in the coming months. But in 2021 we’re bound to be hearing lots more. And long term, space internet promises to bring coverage to the most remote locations and bridge the internet divide.
Some of us did get to travel in 2020. While others were really stuck at home. But one thing’s for sure — the world did a lot less travelling in 2020 than usual, and it wiped out $8 billion of income for the travel industry. And a lot of us are sick of being stuck at home —
The good news is, it’s widely predicted there’ll be an upswing in travel in 2021. That’s great news for the travel industry. And to anybody who likes to travel — which, as far as we can tell, is pretty much everybody. And it looks like it’s going to happen regardless of how the COVID situation pans out.
One scenario is that the restrictions for air travel are loosened, the airline industry gets back on its feet, and we see an upsurge in flying.
But even if that doesn’t work out, there are indications travelers are getting more creative with their holiday plans — going for road trips when they can’t fly, and going for quiet, rural destinations, when they need to avoid crowded places. And in the long run, that’s good news for cities like Venice and Barcelona, which were already at saturation point with tourists.
Some people in the travel industry are already predicting the people will be making up for a year stuck indoors, and that 2021 will be the year of travel. Let’s hope so.
A Huge Year for Bitcoin and Crypto
For a while now, we’ve been talking about how crypto, in particular Bitcoin, is the future of money. Unlike other currencies, it’s decentralized and inflation-proof. And despite what some people still think, it’s incredibly secure. In 2020, it’s made huge waves.
In fact, as we’re writing this article, news has come in that it’s gone to a historic highs, above the $20 000 mark — which was previously a big psychological barrier for investors.
We’re betting on it to keep on going up in 2021. If you follow Bitcoin at all, or markets, you’ll know that it also had a successful run in 2017, only to crash at the start of 2018. But it looks fair to say that this run is different. Unlike 2017, institutional investors are now buying it up, which is a big vote of confidence, that’s bound to shore up its value.
And there’s talk that as a result of the recession, we could be looking at inflation just around the corner for traditional currencies. If that does happen, Bitcoin’s going to be the perfect safe haven — and it’s only going to drive prices up further.
There’s no doubt now that the crypto revolution is underway. And to help you take advantage of this innovation, we decided to create a step-by-step guide through everything we’ve learned about Bitcoin and Blockchain — from scratch. It’s called Bitcoin Essentials. If you want to be part of this new revolution in technology and wealth, this is something you really don’t want to miss out on.
From our experience, we know there are a lot of people out there who love getting stuck into a good steak — but deep down just feel kind of wrong doing it. Out of concerns for animal welfare, the environmental, or both. If that’s you, we’ve got good news. 2021 looks like it’s going to be the year plant-based meat takes off.
McDonalds is introducing the McPlant — that really is a plant-based burger, that actually tastes like a burger. And Beyond Meat, a company that’s just partnered with Pizza Hut, aims to provide a range of plant-based options — including the Beyond Burger. People who’ve tried it say it delivers on taste. And nutrition too, with 35 to 55% less saturated fats than traditional burgers.
We’re sure this is something we’re going on be seeing a lot more on menus, and very soon too. And just maybe the days of enjoying a guilt-free juicy steak, or hamburger, aren’t far away.
After years of testing, are we finally going to see Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic get lift-off for space tourists? Because that’s exactly what they say they’re going to do by the end of the year.
Of course, most of us will be watching from the sidelines — or to be more exact, from down on earth. But the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Bieber and another 600 wealthy wannabe space travellers have paid the $250 000s needed to sign up. The plan is for passengers to go 80 km above earth into sub-orbital flight, and experience weightlessness for a few minutes.
Let’s be a bit cautious about this — don’t be too surprised if there are delays. Because plenty of them have happened before.
Even if Virgin Galactic doesn’t deliver just yet, there are two other companies that have their own space tourism plans. Space Adventures, who already sent up tourists twice before, and Axiom Space also plan to send up shuttles with tourists that will dock at the International Space Station. And one way or another, 2021 should be an interesting year for space tourism.
Movies That Were Postponed in 2020
Here at Alux, we don’t spend that much time talking about cinema. But that doesn’t mean we don’t enjoy putting our feet up and watching a great movie, just like anybody else. And like any year, 2021 has its fair share of releases to look forward to. But we can add to that movies originally scheduled for release in 2020.
Like F9 — that’s the latest Fast and Furious movie — Dune —James Bond in No Time to Die — Black Widow — and Wonder Woman 1984 (which, to be fair, is set for release just before the New Year).
It sure looks like we’ve got a bumper crop of films in store. But it’s also going to be interesting to see what happens from a film industry point of view, with regards to theatre releases versus streaming. Especially with the Bond movie, which its studio, MGM, is seriously banking on.
So far, it’s been postponed twice, and MGM has resisted offers to sell it for streaming — including one offer from a crowdfunded campaign — and still insist it’s going to play in theatres.
Will they hold out? Whatever happens, it’s looking like a test case for the future of how we watch movies. Whether the big screen is still going to be a thing — or if it’s all going to shift to streaming. Either way, 2021 should give us some indications.?
If you want replacements for your favorite movie releases that have been postponed, here are the Top 10 Movies You Don’t Want To Miss.
Events That Were Postponed in 2020
There have been quite a few of these. But probably none bigger than the Tokyo Olympics. The organizers promise it will go ahead in 2021, whatever the Covid situation, and it looks fair enough to believe them. That’s because they’re now prepared for a whole range of scenarios, meaning they can pull it off with various levels of social distancing as required — something they weren’t prepared for in 2020.
And for any soccer fans out there, the same goes for the UEFA (you—ay—fuh) Euro 2020, now planned for June and July 2021. This event is unprecedented in the tournament’s history, as it’s set to take place across 12 European countries. And the organizers say one way or another, it’s going to happen.
We’re also seeing more music festival organizers planning for 2021 and even confirming line-ups — and making the contingencies for social distancing.
And Expo 2021 Dubai, originally planned for 2020, will be showcasing the best in world design. The UAE has spent $8 billion on it. And we’re certain, when the UAE spends $8 billion on something, it’s going to be pretty awesome.
More Opportunities for Creating Wealth Online
At the start of this article, we know we said we weren’t going to have a rant about what a tough year it’s been. But let’s just admit it — it’s been a tough year. For some of us more than others. But we’ve also learned all kinds of things from it. Like, how to work from home, entertain ourselves more at home, and basically do everything from home.
Sometimes we’ve learned how to do things more efficiently. Like, how to do it in a meeting, when you would have scheduled a meeting before. Maybe it’s made us aware of new opportunities. Like — starting a side hustle when your main source of income dried up. And maybe we’ve realized how much we can do from home, over the internet, which we never would have thought of before.
And even if we’re still going through tough times, the fact is, consumerism is at an all-time high, e-commerce is bringing us all kinds of opportunities that weren’t there before. And making the most of those opportunities — surely that’s something to look forward to.
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What are you looking forward to most in 2021?