This is a great article from Mechanix Illustrated magazine, written in November 1968, speculating what life in 2008 would be. I thought this was especially interesting since I was born in 1968.
They were close in a few places:
- TV phone in your car: well, cellphones with video are close
- US population at 350mm: Currently, it's approximately 304mm
- "The single most important item in 2008 households is the computer.": Got that right (well it's at least one of the most important items in 2008 households.)
- "Money has all but disappeared. Employers deposit salary checks directly into their employees’ accounts. Credit cards are used for paying all bills.": Yup.
- "You simply press a combination of buttons and the pages flash on your home screen. The world’s information is available to you almost instantaneously.": Almost. They thought this information would come through the TV, not the computer.
Of course, there are a few doozies:
- No 250mph air cushioned, self-driving cars gliding over smooth plastic roads.
- No domed cities with moving sidewalks.
- No passenger rockets or hypersonic planes.
- No undersea resorts.
- No protein-rich algae processed into steak-tasting "meat".
- Heart disease not eliminated by drugs and diet.
And I really wish I had that 21st century commodity -- the intelligence pill.
I think our world is cooler in some ways (PCs, the Internet, and cellphones to name a few), but in many ways, I think we haven't delivered on the hopes of forty years ago. I want my rocket ship!
(Thanks to EricLaw for the pointer.)