The Presently-Past Future

Since one of my hobbies is predicting the future, it is often useful to look at what other predictions people have made, especially those that were made long ago, and can now be checked. Some seem silly and ridiculous, but some actually get something right.

Case in point: this video, made in 1967, about 1999 life.

The styles of the machines and clothing seen here may seem absurd to us in the early 21st century, but what this video is really about is what the machines do. This video is essentially correct.

Let’s see there’s online shopping, online banking, email/faxing. Home and store computers linked up…the internet? In fact the only thing that’s really not happened is the home video surveillance that the mother does of the kids, and I think that’s becuase most people just don’t have a need for it.

Of course, they also fail spectacularly at anticipating changing roles of the father and mother. Fortunately, that’s something we can all laugh at.

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