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Old Predictions About Space Travel Can Be Super Depressing in 2018 Old Predictions About Space Travel Can Be Super Depressing in 2018

You’re probably familiar with the old sayings, “where’s my flying car?” and “where’s my jetpack?” But the most depressing question for plenty of space nerds from the 20th century might be, “where’s my vacation on the moon?” And I just got really depressed reading a paper from 1987 about the space travel advances we…

Kids From the 1970s Had Some Adorable Ideas for the Year 1999 Kids From the 1970s Had Some Adorable Ideas for the Year 1999

Did you ever imagine what the future would be like when you were a kid? We all did. Some of us were obsessed with jetpacks and robots, while others dreamed of videophones and space travel. It was “all of the above” for two kids in Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania, who imagined what the futuristic world of 1999 would look…

99 Things That Robots Were Supposed to Be Doing by Now 99 Things That Robots Were Supposed to Be Doing by Now

Humanoid robots are still relatively primitive here in the 21st century. Sure, we have Roombas that can vacuum our floors and Boston Dynamics robots that are doing backflips. But when it comes to the dream of our own personal robot servant, we’re still in the Dark Ages. You can’t go down to Costco and pick up a fully…

Thomas Edison Predicted Nobody Would Be Able to Make Phone Calls Across the Atlantic Ocean Thomas Edison Predicted Nobody Would Be Able to Make Phone Calls Across the Atlantic Ocean

Never say never. Thomas Edison was both a great inventor and an amusing prognosticator. But nobody, no matter how smart, knows the future. And that goes for Edison as well. Back in 1894, Edison predicted that transatlantic phone calls would be impossible. But his doubts would prove silly roughly 30 years later when…

This Solar Lawnmower Was the Dangerous Future of American Summers in 1959 This Solar Lawnmower Was the Dangerous Future of American Summers in 1959

Robotic lawnmowers are fairly mainstream these days, even if they don’t have much market share yet. But they’ve been a long time coming. We’ve been promised solar-powered semi-autonomous lawnmowers for decades. This Sunday comic strip from 1959 predicted the rise of these machines, but also pointed at the problem with…

This 1966 Article About 'Computer Danger' Predicted a Bleak Future of Bank Crimes and Info Leaks This 1966 Article About 'Computer Danger' Predicted a Bleak Future of Bank Crimes and Info Leaks

When it comes to high-tech surveillance, identity theft, and financial crimes, humanity lives in a hell of its own making. Technology here in the second decade of the 21st century has created a world where our personal information is constantly getting exposed. And for what benefit? The “convenience” of being able to…

Stephen Hawking Was Right to Worry About Our Impending Doom Stephen Hawking Was Right to Worry About Our Impending Doom

Physicist Stephen Hawking died today at the age of 76. In the latter stages of his illustrious career, Hawking devoted a considerable amount of time and effort to issuing warnings of future threats—from the perils of climate change and nuclear war through to artificial superintelligence and alien invasions. And for…

US Air Force Chief Warns of Space War ‘in a Matter of Years’ US Air Force Chief Warns of Space War ‘in a Matter of Years’

Speaking to an audience of active-duty airmen, US Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein predicted it’ll only be a “matter of years” before American forces find themselves “fighting from space.” To prepare for this grim possibility, he said the Air Force needs new tools and a new approach to training…

Predictions for the Year 2018 From the 20th Century Predictions for the Year 2018 From the 20th Century

It’s the year 2018. And while we have some very cool tech that we take for granted, we’re still waiting on quite a few things that we were promised. But what did the people of yesteryear imagine 2018 would be like?

This 1986 Frank Miller Elektra Comic Feels Uncomfortably Prescient This 1986 Frank Miller Elektra Comic Feels Uncomfortably Prescient

Yesterday, Donald Trump logged onto Twitter and ever-so-casually taunted Kim Jong-un with the threat of a nuclear war, which would result in the deaths of millions of people on both sides. It was the sort of ill-advised, dangerous thing that you’d expect from a supervillain, not a president.

Tech Nerds Who Predicted an Internet Utopia Are Sorry For Being So Wrong Tech Nerds Who Predicted an Internet Utopia Are Sorry For Being So Wrong

You probably remember those tantalizing tech predictions from the 1990s. The world wide web was going to become a paradise for access to information and civil discourse. The internet would allow people of different cultures to come together and learn from each other. The information superhighway was supposed to make…

Racist 1920s Article Worried That 'Savage' Styles Were the Wave of the Future Racist 1920s Article Worried That 'Savage' Styles Were the Wave of the Future

When you comb through old newspaper articles looking for predictions for the future like I do you can start to become numb to the racism of the 19th and 20th centuries. But I just stumbled upon an article from 1927 that was pretty damn racist, even for the time.

Of Course The Simpsons Predicted the Disney/Fox Deal Of Course The Simpsons Predicted the Disney/Fox Deal

At this point, it shouldn’t be at all surprising that The Simpsons managed to accurately predict a wild bit of IRL news that none of us ever saw coming, but yes: The Simpsons totally called Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

The Year 2000 Is Officially Retro The Year 2000 Is Officially Retro

I’m calling it. The year 2000 is officially retro. Fight me.

Stranger Things Is Ruining Netflix for Me Stranger Things Is Ruining Netflix for Me

In theory, one of the best things about living in 2017 is that we have over a century of recorded entertainment that we can enjoy virtually anytime we like. But in practice, we’re still not there. And it’s all because video streaming services like Netflix only care about signing up new customers who just want…

Jack Ma Predicts People Will Work Just 16 Hours Per Week by 2047 Jack Ma Predicts People Will Work Just 16 Hours Per Week by 2047

Jack Ma, the billionaire businessman and chairman of the Alibaba Group, believes that automation will help workers of the future enjoy more leisure time. In fact, he sees a future where people will be working just 16 hours per week by 2047.

Is Ted Cruz Psychic or Nah? Is Ted Cruz Psychic or Nah?

Remember 2014? It was just three years ago, but it feels like a lifetime, if you lived through the election of 2016. But 2014 was a more simple time. Back then, Ted Cruz was only just teasing the idea of running for president, and he actually made a prediction that seems a bit prescient, given the current fight over…

Canadian Article From 1981 Predicted the Gender Pay Gap Would Disappear by 2017 Canadian Article From 1981 Predicted the Gender Pay Gap Would Disappear by 2017

The gender pay gap is pretty striking in most parts of the world. In the US, women make 80 cents for every dollar a man makes. In Canada, it’s 73 cents. But back in the early 1980s, some foresaw the complete disappearance of that gap, specifically by the year 2017.

Lost Essay Reveals Winston Churchill Was Almost Certain Aliens Exist Lost Essay Reveals Winston Churchill Was Almost Certain Aliens Exist

Unlike so many politicians these days, Winston Churchill held a deep admiration for learning and science. A rediscovered essay—forgotten in a museum for nearly sixty years—reveals Churchill’s astoundingly scientific thoughts on such topics as cosmology, the origin of life, and the likelihood of extraterrestrials.…

Yes, the Eerie Carl Sagan Prediction That's Going Viral Is Real Yes, the Eerie Carl Sagan Prediction That's Going Viral Is Real

Did Carl Sagan really warn about a time in the future when manufacturing jobs would slip away, when the average person would have virtually no control over their political lives, and when we would all cling to superstitions? Yes, Sagan did predict just that. The screenshot you may have seen floating around social…

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