Fireworks could be replaced by drone displays in the future, suggests innovation foundation Nesta.
The charity, which has successfully predicted phenomena like veganism, says that China has already shown that choreographed drones can perform such displays.
Illuminated drones numbering into the thousands fly in formation against the backdrop of a night sky – not unlike a firework display.
Nesta, or the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, was established in 1998 with a UK National Lottery endowment. It became an independent charity in 2012 and offers problem-solving solutions to partners.
The prediction that this technology could become more widespread comes from Nesta’s list ‘Ten predictions for 2020’.
Other predictions include a new voting system, and “an outbreak of Monty Python-style silly walks”. This latter prediction refers to CCTV surveillance technology that recognises walkers’ gaits, and the potentially humorous ways people might walk to trick the software.