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Future predictions from the early 1900s


“Experts” trying to predict what marvels the future will hold is nothing new as these cards from just over 100 years ago show. What is suprising, is how much of it they got “right”. Sure, today’s tech doesn’t work in the way that is depectied, but it does achieve the same thing. If anything, the reality is better than the prediction. Let’s hope that holds true of the predictions being made today!

1 futureIf only learning a new subject was this easy. I’m sure nearly every student has wished they could study for their exams by sleeping on their textbooks. Sadly, we’re still waiting on this tech.


8 futureNot only do we already have this tech, but a roomba is considerably smaller and more convientent as it doesn’t require one to pull it along.


flying firemenOr just use, like ladders? Doesn’t seem like a whole wing suit is needed. Plus, imagine the drafts from a burning building. It would be nearly impossible to fly near one.


flyingWell, we don’t have flying taxis yet. But a number of companies (such as Google and Uber) are actually spending money on building and testing prototypes, so we may very well have them sooner than many think!


flying copsI suppose flying was a brand new technology in the early 1900s, but man, they really wanted to see that technology explode!


800px France in XXI Century. Robot orchestraAnother example of something that they got “right”. Yes, we do have automated sound machines, but we, obviously, don’t rely on having the actual instruments. Instead, everyone has a speaker on their phone and in their homes.


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And here’s their thought on how a play could be broadcasted. Though, why not combine the automatic music machines of the last one with this one?


automated. farmAlso, fairly accurate. Many of the world’s largest farms are fully automated these days, with the farmer simply keeping tabs on the machines to ensure that nothing goes sideways. 


uploads2F20172F102F182Fyear2000 1Today, this moving platform is called an escaltor or, well, moving platform. Regardless, if you’re not walking, please stand on the right!


9 futureA genius idea if you ask me, if not for PETA, and also electric motors.


6 futureZepplins were also all the rage at the time. Though, a flying battleship seems pretty easy to knock out of the sky.


uploads2F20172F102F182Fyear2000 12Not sure what the point of being able to ‘walk’ on water really is. But like I said, the sky was the new limit and they loved anything and everything that had wings or balloons.