Monday, February 4, 2013
4 February 2013
Prediction: In the future suburb of Totenville, such great things lie in store for you.
You'll eat food from sawdust...
shop by picture-phone...
and cook on a solar range!
Predictor: Popular Mechanics, 1950
Reality: Let's take them from bottom to top, right to left, leaving the best for last.
Cook on a solar range? Not yet.
Shop by picture-phone? More likely on the Internet, but in 2000 the phone and the Internet were pretty near inseparable.
Eat food from sawdust? Well, it's your place and if you want, you can order something on the phone from Big Fascist Pizza (Domino's, Papa John's, take your pick), but if I have a vote, I vote no.
Once again, this and so much more can be found in the 2009 book from the publishers of Popular Mechanics, The Wonderful Future That Never Was, available in paperback from Amazon.
Looking one day... INTO THE FUTURE! In 1947, Robert A. Heinlein finds a way to celebrate You Have Official Permission To Freak The Fuck Out Day.
Join me then... IN THE FUTURE!