There have always been controversies surrounding predictions. In 1964, a science fiction writer Issac Asimov proposed what a setting would look like if someone stepped into the 2014 World’s Fair. He used his gifting in envisioning future technology to predict that 50 years from the time, we would be doing some stunningly accurate things. Here’s a couple things he got right.
“One thought that occurs to me is that men will continue to withdraw from nature in order to create an environment that will suit him better.”
“Kitchen unites will be devised that will prepare “automeals,” heating water converting it to coffee”
“Complete lunches and dinners, with good semiprepared, will be stored in the freezer until ready for processing.”
“The appliances of 2014 will have no electric cords, of course”
“Much effort will be put into the designing of vehicles with “Robot-brains”
“There will be increasing emphasis on transportation that makes the least possible contact with the surface”
“By 2014, only unmanned ships will have landed on Mars, though a manned expedition will be in the works and in the 2014 Futurama will show a model of an elaborate Martian colony”
“For shore-range travel, moving sidewalks (with benches on either side, standing room in the center) will be making their appearance in downtown sections.”
“In 2014, there is every likelihood that the world population will be 6,500,000,000 and the population of the United States will be 350,000,000”
Maybe it was simple math…. but still… PRETTY SPOT ON.
“Synchronous satellites, hovering in space will make it possible for you to direct-dial any spot on earth”
It’s also worth noting that, while incredibly impressive, Asimoc did not get everything quite accurately. 2014 will most surely come and go but we wont see “jets of compressed air that will lift land vehicles off the highways.” He predicted also that the entire east coast from Boston to Washington would merge into one large mega city, which seems pretty impossible now.