Sunday, June 1, 2008

A Brief History of Predicting the Future

Check out this delightful set of images, French illustrations from 1910 of what the year 2000 would look like. I especially love the Correspondance Cinéma - Phono - Télégraphique and the Automobiles de Guerre.

There is a history of predicting the future. And given my penchant for celebrating new information technologies on this blog, it is worthwhile to consider how wrong these predictions have been. One of my favorite places on the web is the community blog Metafilter, from which all of the following old school futuristic links are drawn:

If you like this stuff (and you do) see the wonderful blog Paleo-Future which is dedicated entirely to posts "about a future that never was."

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