2018 trends

Welcome to 2018! Here are some 2018 trends, forecasts and 2018 predictions for our world.

2018 Global

  • 7,632,819,325 is the projected world population for 2018. Source:  World Population Clock
  • Jing-Jin-Ji is forecast to become the largest city in the world. The city would be over 82,000 square miles, about the size of Kansas. The new supercity will have approximately 130 million people and incorporates the current city of Beijing. Source: New York Times.
  • Changes in education are science based seeing that things, such as attention spans, are decreasing and less able to explore complex topics and memorization skills, in the younger generations. The longer life spans, less value in educational degrees and the return of trades are also factors in changing education. Source: QuantumRun

2018 Technology

  • Privacy issues start to become obsolete. The convenience overcomes the need for privacy and the technology overcomes human control. Source: QuantumRun
  • One Wi-Fi hotspot for every 20 people in the year 2018. Source: Computer Weekly
  • First 3D printed car is created. Source: 3DPrint.com
  • Global Internet traffic grows to 132 exabytes. Source: Cisco
  • Seawater becomes a renewable resource by utilizing hydrogen peroxide. Source: QuantumRun

2018 Food Trends

  • Homemade condiments expand this year beyond mayonnaise (aolli) into things like ketchup and mustard.
  • Transparency in food products, such as labeling them as “Fair Trade” or “GMO-free”, will continue to be popular. People want to know where their foods come from and what they contain.
  • Flowers for food is a growing trend where the actual flowers of plants are used as flavorings and herbs in cocktails and foods.
  • More global inspired foods will appear such as those from the Middle East that use more exotic spices and seasonings including turmeric (which is also a great anti-inflammatory), hairssa, cardamon, and za’atar.
  • Plant based everything continues as a trend this year. Veganism increased 6% in 2017 and will continue to rise as more non-meat based proteins are developed including items that will be much more similar to meat-based products. Not only is this a trend but it is also super healthy to have a more plant based diet.
  • Cakes for breakfast is an upcoming trend but in a healthier way.
  • New cuts in the butcher shop and meat department will be a big thing in 2018. While some cuts are “newer” some are just renamed. This can make using older recipes a bit harder. Make friends with the butchers and meat counter folks at your stores and don’t be afraid to ask what is what with the different cuts.
  • Sustainable seafood will be even bigger this year. Fish and seafood that are harvested responsibly and farm-raised seafood that is of better quality will be more sought after. Seafood Watch is a great place to start knowing what and when to buy these items.

2018 Entertainment

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story is set to be the latest release in 2018 for the Star Wars franchise.
  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set to be released in June 2018 as the 3rd installment of the Jurassic Park franchise.
  • The Post is set for nationwide release January 12, 2018 and is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. Given the current political and media feuds this should be a hit as it is the story of the Washington Post and their report on the Pentagon Papers in 1971. Even tho the story is decades old, the topic hits home.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is set to be an animated film in the Spider-Man franchise. It is set to be released in December 2018.
  • A Wrinkle in Time is a classic novel from 1963 that Disney is making into a movie starring Oprah Winfrey ad Reese Witherspoon. Approximate release date is March 2018
  • Incredibles 2 is the sequel to The Incredibles which is a great animated movie. Set to be released in November 2018.
  • Ocean’s 8 is another release from the original Ocean’s 11 franchise. This version however presents all all-female heist group.
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet is the sequel for Wreck It Ralph set to be released in November 2018. Ralph escapes the arcade and heads toward the internet.
  • Bohemiam Rhapsody is the story Freddie Mercury and the developing years up to 1985. Due out in December 2018.
  • Poop Talk is a docu-drama about all things poop including uncensored and embrassing moments from experts and comedians. Release date (ha ha ha) is set for Februsary 16, 2018
  • A Star is Born set for fall of 2018 is the 4th make of this tail of a star finding a new star. I love the 1976 version staring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson so I will be interested if this can make me cry as much as that version.
  • The Leisure Seekers follows an elderly couple headed off on an RV trip via Route 66 so they can enter their twilight years on their own terms. Scheduled release is January 19, 2018.

2018 Health

  • Using fat to stop cancer cells is the latest in the area of cancer treatment. Source: QuantumRun
  • Polio Free World! Global leaders will enable over a billion children to be vaccinated for polio and anticipates a world that is polio free. Source: World Health Organization
  • Paralyzed patients gain the ability to communicate via brain implants. This is already happening, although slowly, but more patients who have lost control of their bodies but that are still in sound mind are being given implants which help them communicate by translating brain activity to control computers and robotic limbs.  Source: Collective Evolution
  • Vasagel Men’s Birth Control is set to start clinical trials this year. This is a contraceptive that is long term but also reversible for men. Source: Vasagel

I would love to know what you think of any of these items – are you excited for them or not? What other things do you see happening in 2018?