Heating With Radium, Mass Marriages And Homes: How Scientists, Writers And Artists Of The 19th-20th Centuries Represented A Future

Throughout history, mankind has sought to see into the future and imagine how they will live the next generation. In the late 19th century there were planes, radio, television, x-rays, the first cars. Along with the people, meditating on how the world looks in 50-100 years. Explorer vc.ru has collected the most insightful of predictions and paradoxical delusion of our time that were inherent in the people, who lived in the 19-20 centuries.

In 1908, Tesla described his new project — a wireless communication tower, the equivalent of a modern base station. Once the project is completed, the business man can dictate instructions from new York, and they immediately appear in his office in London or elsewhere. He can from his workplace to talk with any telephone subscriber on the globe. Inexpensive instrument, not bigger than a watch, will enable its owner to listen anywhere — on sea or land, music or song, the speech of a political leader, an eminent scholar or sermon of the priest, located at a great distance. Exactly the same can be transferred to any picture, sign, picture or text.

Tesla never managed to realize his idea. But his contemporaries went further in his fantasies and imagined how it will look in the life of the inhabitants of the 21st century. Failed predictions, too, was enough.

In 1876 Western Union called the telephone device “with so many deficiencies that it cannot be seriously considered as a means of communication”, and the chief engineer of the British postal service sir William Preece said that “the phone may need the Americans, but Britain wont need it. It has plenty of messengers”. I think that in the world market we will find demand for five computers.

In 1972, the United States released film “future Shock”, based on the book by the American philosopher and futurist Alvin Toffler. In it the authors talk about how the rapid spread of information due to computer technology and how soon robots will take all the jobs in the service sector. The author predicts the emergence of mass marriages of two dozen people, cloning and the possibility of replacing all organs with artificial. The birth of a baby is similar to the generation of the character in a computer game. Also, who stimulated intellectual activity.

Isaac Asimov back in 1964 predicted the advent of “Wikipedia”. In the future computers will be connected to a giant library, where everyone can ask any question and get an answer and also to obtain reference material that is interesting directly to him. It does not matter the amount of years and how foolish it would seem his question – he will be able to find the answer.

And to do it he will in his own house, with his speed, his way and in his own good time. Illustration “the next world” with the world trade exhibition in Paris. Famous science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke in the film by the BBC 1964 surprisingly accurately predicted life in the 21st century.

We will be able to communicate with friends all over the world, not even knowing where exactly the person is. To conduct its business, being in Tahiti or Bali, with the same success as from London, it will be possible later this century (and maybe in fifty years). Guide anything will be possible from any point of the globe regardless of distance. I suppose that someday, a surgeon from Edinburgh will be able to do brain surgery on a patient located in New Zealand. When that time comes, the world literally shrinks to a single point, and the traditional role of cities as meeting places for the people will cease to have any meaning.

Generally people will no longer travel on business, they will be available always and everywhere. People will travel mainly not for money but for fun. Residents of the United States in the 60-ies was hoping for a quick colonization of the moon and Mars. According to them, it could take place in early 70-ies.

In 1965 in the Soviet Union came out of a sci-Fi film “Moon”, which shows how people will be able to master the earth satellite. From the first lunar expedition to the emergence of lunar cities and laboratories. Soviet science fiction writers assumed that people will live in multi-storey underground shelters, finding water and minerals directly from the earth and grow fruits and vegetables in greenhouses. Lunar settlements will be connected in transport, solar-powered, and people who were born on the moon, will be the first generation of inhabitants of the Solar system.

Predictions of the early 20th century are often more accurate than predictions of our contemporaries. How here not to recall a statement by bill gates in 1981 that “640 kilobytes should be enough for everyone”. No less controversial was expressed in 1988, and Creator of the Norton Antivirus Peter Norton. We are dealing with an urban myth.

This is a story about crocodiles in the sewers of new York — everyone knows about it but nobody never seen it 20 years ago, many doubted the success of Apple products. In 1996, Time magazine called the “Apple Corporation” the company with no future. Michael Dell advised the company to close and return money to shareholders.

The Boston Globe called the iMac, not otherwise “doomed” device, as Steve Ballmer in 2007, was convinced that the iPhone will never get any market share. If you believe the forecasts of the staff of the American Elon University in 2006, with 2015 in full swing to go the experiments on human cloning. And Gartner in 2007 believed that 3D printers will appear almost in each house.

But this has not happened yet. Send your column about how our world will change, [email protected]

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