It’s time to take a lighthearted stroll down memory lane and witness the grandeur of bygone expectations. From flying cars to robot servants, the visions of yesteryear weren’t terribly off the mark, yet it’s still entertaining to see what our parents and grandparents thought things would be like today.
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1. Flying Cars
Remember when everyone thought we’d all be driving around in flying cars by now? Well, back in 1951, Popular Mechanics predicted that by the year 2000, we’d all be enjoying the luxury of airborne commuting. Imagine the traffic jams in the sky!
2. Robot Servants
In the 1960s, people envisioned a future where we’d all have robot servants to do our bidding. While we do have some pretty cool robots around, they’re still pretty far from being our personal butlers.
3. Personal Jetpacks
The Jetsons, a popular cartoon show from the 1960s, featured characters zooming around on personal jetpacks. As cool as it would be to zoom around in a jetpack, it seems like this one is still a pipe dream. Maybe our grandkids will have these?
The 1950s saw a surge of interest in teleportation, with many predicting it would become a reality in the future. It’s safe to say we’re not going to be teleporting anytime soon, unless you count teleporting through Zoom meetings.
5. Time Travel
H.G. Wells’ book, The Time Machine, first published in 1895, is still inspiring people to dream of traveling through time. Despite what the movies may have us believe, we still haven’t figured out how to travel through time.
Back to the Future II, released in 1989, showed characters riding around on hoverboards, sparking interest in this futuristic technology. Okay, so we technically have hoverboards now, but they’re not quite what people in the past had in mind. (Still hoping this one comes true soon, though!)
7. Food Pills
The 1960s saw a fascination with food pills, which were imagined to be a convenient way to get all the nutrients we need. While we do have some pretty efficient ways of getting our daily nutrition, we’re still eating good old-fashioned food.
8. Living on Mars
In the 1950s, people believed that by the year 2000, we’d have colonies on Mars. While Elon may be making progress toward colonizing Mars, it’s not happening in our lifetime.
9. Personalized Weather Control
In the 1950s and 1960s, people dreamed of a future where we could control the weather to our liking. Sorry folks, we can’t control the weather (yet), and who would get to say what the weather was like at your house anyway?
10. Instant Language Translation
The Universal Translator, first introduced in Star Trek in the 1960s, inspired many to imagine a future where language barriers were no longer a problem. While we do have some nifty translation tools, they can be pretty wonky at times. While English is the most spoken language, there are approximately 7,000 others in use in 2023.
11. Self-Driving Cars
In 1939, General Motors predicted that we’d have self-driving cars by the year 1960. This one isn’t too far off, but they have yet to create one where we can nap in the backseat while our car takes us to our destination. (Hurry up, GM!)
12. Wearable Computers
The 1980s saw a surge of interest in wearable computers, with devices like the Seiko UC-2000 watch computer making waves. As popular as Smartwatches have become, imagine what wearing full-body computer suits will do to our productivity?
13. Artificial Intelligence
The 1950s saw the birth of the field of artificial intelligence, with researchers envisioning a future where we’d all have robot companions. We do have some pretty advanced AI, but how do you feel about having a live-in robot who’s more than just a butler?
14. Flying Personal Transporters
In the 1960s, people imagined a future where we’d all have our own personal flying devices to get around. We’re still waiting on those flying cars, let alone our own personal flying devices, but won’t it be amazing when we all have these? Please tell me someone is working on it!
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This article was produced by Our Woven Journey.