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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…

Watching David Bowie Argue With an Interviewer About the Future of the Internet Is Beautiful Watching David Bowie Argue With an Interviewer About the Future of the Internet Is Beautiful

In 1999, Davide Bowie sat down for a TV interview with BBC host Jeremy Paxman. Bowie explains that if he were a kid of the 1990s he wouldn’t have become a pop star. Instead, Bowie probably would’ve become obsessed with the internet. Why? According to Bowie, that’s where the potentially interesting—chaotic, nihilistic,…

Larry Kudlow, Trump's Likely Pick For Economics Advisor, Is Really Bad at Predictions Larry Kudlow, Trump's Likely Pick For Economics Advisor, Is Really Bad at Predictions

Larry Kudlow is best known as that talking head on financial TV who wants to cut taxes for rich people. He’s been saying the same thing for a long, long time. But now he’s in the running to become Donald Trump’s choice for the chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers. And if Kudlow’s predictions from a decade ago…

The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2016 The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2016

Another year has passed, which means we’re another step closer to the tomorrow of our dreams. Here are the most futuristic developments of 2016.

This 2007 Video About The Futuristic World of 2017 Is Super Depressing This 2007 Video About The Futuristic World of 2017 Is Super Depressing

Remember the year 2007? I bet you do. You were so young and vibrant and full of life. You had that thing you were going to do but then never did. And then there was that place you wanted to go but never went. You probably dreamed of what the world might look like in ten years time—filled with technological wonders and…

Nate Silver's Very Very Wrong Predictions About Donald Trump Are Terrifying Nate Silver's Very Very Wrong Predictions About Donald Trump Are Terrifying

Nobody knows what the future holds. That’s what makes it so interesting—and often terrifying. But it’s become increasingly clear that the person who knows the least about the future is the one that everybody has been turning to for answers about the future of American politics: Nate Silver, the founder of…

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