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The Future;What They Thought Back In The 60's!!

Discussion in 'The Coffee House' started by Godsdrummer, Feb 24, 2010.

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  1. Godsdrummer

    Godsdrummer Guest

    This is an exert from July 22, 1961: Weekend Magazine.

    Will life be worth living in 2000AD?

    What sort of life will you be living 39 years from now? Scientists have looked into the future and they can tell you.
    It looks as if everything will be so easy that people will probably die from sheer boredom.
    You will be whisked around in monorail vehicles at 200 miles an hour and you will think nothing of taking a fortnight's holiday in outer space.
    Your house will probably have air walls, and a floating roof, adjustable to the angle of the sun.

    oors will open automatically, and clothing will be put away by remote control. The heating and cooling systems will be built into the furniture and rugs.

    You'll have a home control room - an electronics centre, where messages will be recorded when you're away from home. This will play back when you return, and also give you up-to-the minute world news, and transcribe your latest mail.

    You'll have wall-to-wall global TV, an indoor swimming pool, TV-telephones and room-to-room TV. Press a button and you can change the décor of a room.

    The status symbol of the year 2000 will be the home computer help, which will help mother tend the children, cook the meals and issue reminders of appointments.

    Cooking will be in solar ovens with microwave controls. Garbage will be refrigerated, and pressed into fertiliser pellets.

    Food won't be very different from 1961, but there will be a few new dishes - instant bread, sugar made from sawdust, foodless foods (minus nutritional properties), juice powders and synthetic tea and cocoa. Energy will come in tablet form.

    At work, Dad will operate on a 24 hour week. The office will be air-conditioned with stimulating scents and extra oxygen - to give a physical and psychological lift.

    Mail and newspapers will be reproduced instantly anywhere in the world by facsimile.

    There will be machines doing the work of clerks, shorthand writers and translators. Machines will "talk" to each other.

    It will be the age of press-button transportation. Rocket belts will increase a man's stride to 30 feet, and bus-type helicopters will travel along crowded air skyways. There will be moving plastic-covered pavements, individual hoppicopters, and 200 m.p.h. monorail trains operating in all large cities.

    The family car will be soundless, vibrationless and self-propelled thermostatically. The engine will be smaller than a typewriter. Cars will travel overland on an 18 inch air cushion.

    Railways will have one central dispatcher, who will control a whole nation's traffic. Jet trains will be guided by electronic brains.

    By the year 2020, five per cent of the world's population will have emigrated into space. Many will have visited the moon and beyond.

    Our children will learn from TV, recorders and teaching machines. They will get pills to make them learn faster. We shall be healthier, too. There will be no common colds, cancer, tooth decay or mental illness. (HAHAHA:tongue: )

    Medically induced growth of amputated limbs will be possible. Rejuvenation will be in the middle stages of research, and people will live, healthily, to 85 or 100.
  2. Little_me

    Little_me Well-Known Member

    Haha, wow! I would love to live on the Moon!!! But that isn't possible.. Yet :sad:

    That seems to describe year 2040 or something, unfortunately. I would like to live like that now :D
  3. lightbeam

    lightbeam Antiquities Friend

    hehehehehehehehehe That excerpt is pretty funny.
  4. HawthornePassage

    HawthornePassage Well-Known Member

    they got that one right

    not far from the truth in europe


    close enough

    we did better overall even if this prediction was not quite on

    basically true, but vastly underestimated

    i guess this one is unrealistic because most garbage stuff is dealt with by the mass-pickup, but that could improve i guess soon

    a lot of this is true

    or just legalize pot lol

    yep, underestimated


    possible for entertainment, think the swedish rocket glider guy

    probably going to happen within 30 years with high automation to slow crowding

    obviously wrong, but probably seemed sensible given the impending space race at the time. mass living in space is likely only going to be possible when automation reaches a threshold where robots can construct robot factories to build more robots and thus set up a colony out of native materials, to avoid the heavy cost of shipping from earth. that and fusion rockets, etc. or some bizarre technology like antigravity/electrogravity

    true in a way, though one could argue the pills do the opposite often

    true and untrue, i think. major bacteria/virus illnesses are far less common but chronic disease has skyrocketed

    going to be the case relatively soon

    my conclusions:

    whoever made this was fucking smart, but i think people in general underestimated how much computers would change, and overestimated how much the average street will change. in reality things like flying cars and whatnot need automation to be effective...you cant have a billion people without pilots licenses raining debris onto sidewalks. in general they just didnt understand the logistics and necessities of technologies like mass space travel, flying cars etc
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