Hmm, the future...
Technologically, the work of the Indian researchers(1) to modify phytoplankton to create hydrocarbons will bear fruit, probably after being purchased by a major corporation that is already involved in the energy sector. With good marketing & distribution, homes across the world will be equipped with solar panels that produce fuel for increasingly efficient cars. This will of course be then superceded by safe Hydrogen storage, allowing for HFC power plants to be made accessible to the public, knocking the internal combustion engine on the head in most situations. Computers will continue to advance, though a truly concious AI will not be arriving - not due to lack of hardware, but rather because nobody knows how to code for self-awareness & all it entails. As the frequencies continue to fill-up, signal degredation will increase, so wired links may experience a resurgence of popularity for things that don't move about much or are important to have the best signal quality. Manned space exploration will be set back decades by accidents in commercial space ventures such as the plans to move asteroids to earth for mining, but space-tech in general will continue to advance with cheap micro-probes being launched in salvos toward stuff(2) to be studied. With the multiple signals returning from these probes, each giving different but overlapping readings, the data gained after processing would be vastly superior to that of sending one big probe - & if a few of the micro-probes fail it wouldn't be the end of the mission. While the tech to clone & edit human DNA will be more widespread, it's use for any purpose other than removal of disease from the gene-pool will be highly regulated. Militaries will ignore this regulation, probably with disasterous results(3).
Socially, corporations will not rule the planet, because they have governmnets to do that under their orders. There will have been a false-flag WMD terrorist attack at some point, which will have been used as an excuse to tighten security laws, that will then be uncovered & the scapegoats made responsible will be removed from power, leaving those really responsible in an unchanged position of power. Environmnetally, the aforementioned work of Shilpi et al, along with constantly improving efficiencies of tech & widespread use of recycling techniques will hold off environmental change just enough so that those in power can ignore it or just make token efforts to combat it & still win votes, get people to buy their goods, etc.
Sorry about the cynical tone of some of my entry, hardly a nice thing to be reading on your birthday (happy birthday, by the way). Still, you gotta take the rough with the smooth.
1 Shilpi S. et al, 2010, PROSPECTS OF DIATOMS AS THIRD GENERATION BIOFUEL
2 Yes, I know "stuff" is a bit vague, but since you could put any kind of sensors on the probes, you could study so wide a range of things that it's the only term that fits.