predictions

7 Famous Quotes About The Future That Are Actually Fake

We love failed predictions. It’s kind of our bread and butter. But shockingly, some of the failed predictions being passed around on the internet are often misleading, frequently taken out of context, or sometimes completely fabricated.


How One 1920s Feminist Imagined Our Futuristic High-Tech World

Josephine Daskam Bacon was an author known for her adventure serials that featured female protagonists. But in 1929, she took a break from her regular fiction writing and slipped on her futurist goggles for an article in Century magazine titled “In Nineteen Seventy-Nine”.20 Bacon imagined just how much progress women will have made fifty years hence — and whether her granddaughter would be able to “have it all” as some people here in the future might say.


The Uncanny Valley Of Old Futurism

In 1995 Eugene Volokh wrote the most paleofuturish article ever written. By that I mean it’s an incredibly prescient meditation on the future of media and technology. But it has just enough weird anachronisms to remind us that nobody can predict the future with absolute certainty.


Here's How One Parent From 1989 Imagined 2014

Is it cruel to have children when the world is so terrible? That’s not a new question. And when a newspaper columnist asked it in 1989, he came down on the side of no. The world of the future — the world of 2014, to be exact — was going to be just wonderful enough that having kids was a great idea. Was he right?


How People From The Mad Men Era Imagined The World Would Look In 1970

The AMC show Mad Men is in its final season, with its mid-season finale (yeah, I don’t know what that means exactly either) airing this past Sunday. The show started with 1960 as its backdrop, and we now see characters in the world of 1969. A lot changed in that decade and, of course, it’s a fictional representation of history. But in the real world of 1960, people were making their own predictions for what was to come one decade hence.


5 Predictions For The Future That Aren't So New After All

Today, the New York Times asked seven entrepreneurs and tech executives about what’s in store for the future. It’s a fascinating snapshot of futurist thinking in 2014. But these aren’t just the dreams of tomorrow — most of them are the dreams of yesterday’s tomorrows as well.


Flash Boys Author Michael Lewis's Old Predictions For The Future

Author Michael Lewis is best known for uncovering hidden corners of our present, whether in baseball (Moneyball), the financial collapse (The Big Short) or high frequency trading (this month’s Flash Boys). But in the 26 September 1996 issue of the New York Times Magazine, Lewis took a swing at predicting the future.


10 Keating-Era Predictions For The Future That Were Pretty Damn Close

Remember 1996? Paul Keating was Prime Minister, we woke up early for Cheez TV, and Alanis Morissette was blowing up the charts with a fundamental misunderstanding of the word ironic. Simpler times, really.


This 1930 Song About 1992 Didn't Mention Kurt Cobain Even Once

In 1930, Arthur Fields and Fred Hall recorded a song about the futuristic world of 1992. And, if you can believe it, they didn’t mention a single grunge band. Not even once.


10 Technologies That Could Enslave Humanity

While humans continue to mould and shape technology, it’s just a matter of time before it starts moulding and shaping us too. This video investigates 10 current technologies that could go on to enslave us in the future.


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