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August 20:20 vision

Looking back to 1991, looking forward to 2031

Nineteen ninety one

WWW born, 1991

  • Tim Berners-Lee announces the World Wide Web project and software on the alt.hypertext newsgroup.

Beginning of the End, 1991

  • Apartheid was dismantled in a series of negotiations from 1990 to 1993, culminating in elections in 1994, making way for democratic rule


Final voyage, 1991

  • The Cruise Liner MTS Oceanos sinks off the coast of South Africa and all 571 passengers on board are safely evacuated.


Nobel Prize, 1991

  • Nadine Gordimer a South African writer and political activist was awarded the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Inventions, 1991

  • 1991- The digital answering machine invented.


Twenty thirty one

Women's Futures, 2031

According to Sandra Burmeister, chief executive officer of the Landelahni Recruitment Group, “it will take until 2031 for women to make up 50% of board composition, and until 2051 for executive management to reach parity with men.”

Russian scientists expect to meet aliens by 2031

"The genesis of life is as inevitable as the formation of atoms... Life exists on other planets and we will find it within 20 years," Andrei Finkelstein, director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Applied Astronomy Institute, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.

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