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Scientists Of 1975 Predict Today’s World

2000-sIn 1975, the book “The People’s Almanac” asked scientists to forecast what to expect in the year 2000. Some of the interesting (and accurate) stuff included –

Vladimir Aleksandrovich Kotelenikov: [In the 21st century] Miniature television sets the size of cigarette packets will be used as everyday videophones. The images they transmit will be able to be transferred to a wall-size screen for greater detail.

John Pierce: Cable television will bring newspapers directly to homes by wire.

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Top Predictions For The Year 2112

The BBC polled their readers about their predictions for life in the year 2112. They picked the best ones and had 2 experts review the likelihood of each of them becoming reality in 100 years. Very interesting article. Read it HERE.

Edison’s 1911 Predictions For 2011

Paleofuture.com presented an excellent article about predictions made by Thomas Alva Edison in 1911 concerning what he thought the year 2011 would be like. The predictions are mostly wrong, very wrong. Mr. Edison thought that the future belonged to metals; he didn’t foresee new man-made materials, such as plastics. Perhaps the most bizarre prediction was that man would master alchemy – turning iron into gold.

The house of the next century will be furnished from basement to attic with steel, at a sixth of the present cost — of steel so light that it will be as easy to move a sideboard as it is today to lift a drawing room chair. The baby of the twenty-first century will be rocked in a steel cradle; his father will sit in a steel chair at a steel dining table, and his mother’s boudoir will be sumptuously equipped with steel furnishings, converted by cunning varnishes to the semblance of rosewood, or mahogany, or any other wood her ladyship fancies. Books of the coming century will all be printed leaves of nickel, so light to hold that the reader can enjoy a small library in a single volume. A book two inches thick will contain forty thousand pages, the equivalent of a hundred volumes; six inches in aggregate thickness, it would suffice for all the contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica. And each volume would weigh less than a pound. More amazing still, this American wizard sounds the death knell of gold as a precious metal. “Gold,” he says, “has even now but a few years to live. The day is near when bars of it will be as common and as cheap as bars of iron or blocks of steel. “We are already on the verge of discovering the secret of transmuting metals, which are all substantially the same in matter, though combined in different proportions.” Before long it will be an easy matter to convert a truck load of iron bars into as many bars of virgin gold.

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The 7 Worst Tech Predictions Ever

Interesting article that shows that everyone is wrong sometimes.
Foolish tech prediction 4
“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”
Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

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