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10 October 2006 @ 09:56 am
Yesterday's innocent daydream = Today's joke [via Fark]  
Step 1: Have the science editor of The New York Times make educated guesses about what the future will be like fifty years from now.
Step 2: Wait fifty years.
Step 3: Profit!

Well no, actually. Gentlemen, I regret to inform you that, after the ravages of time, Step 3 became "Laugh your ass off."

Miracles You'll See In the Next Fifty Years (Popular Mechanics, February 1950)

I swear, you can hear the old-style 1950s voiceover guy in your head as you read this. There are a few accurate predictions, and a few very close ones, but by and large, the things mentioned herein are laugh-out-loud hysterical. For instance, did you know that in 2000, we'd be directing entire factories with punch cards, and that our vacuum tube computers would be capable of processing thousands of calculations per minute? And that we'd all have helicopters, but still hadn't gone to the Moon yet? Golly, Mister! That's swell!

Some of the medical science stuff gets depressing, though. I only wish we could treat multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's as easily as a cold. =(
Aikidoka, dreamer, seeker, general purpose geekmanycolored on October 10th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
Mmmm a utopia where you sleep in fiberglass and eat sawdust! Oh, and pesky weather problems are solved by creating oil slicks and igniting them. Which of course, due to the Miracle of Science, doesn't in any way cause further repurcussions for health or convenience.
Miusheri: spock_gogglesmiusheri on October 10th, 2006 10:50 pm (UTC)
Don't forget: if you don't like sleeping in fiberglass, we'll be chalking it up to your "queerness."
Aikidoka, dreamer, seeker, general purpose geekmanycolored on October 11th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
Quite the contrary, as it turned out - mortification of the flesh through such contrivances as spiky bedding are now almost exclusively the province of queers.
Miusherimiusheri on October 11th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
LOL! Hence why this article is hysterical in hindsight!

I'm very tempted to write out my educated predictions of what 2050 will be like. Then print out a copy, bury it, and dig it up in 2050 so my progeny can have a good laugh.
Lisa Maesielisamaesie on October 10th, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC)
Well, technically we can't cure the common cold yet either....
Miusheri: bluescreenmiusheri on October 10th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
Technically, no! I think that's because the "common cold" is actually hundreds of different viruses that produce similar symptoms...? I don't know, it's been a while since I looked into that...

My grandma has Parkinson's, so that one gets to me in particular ^_^*
Lisa Maesielisamaesie on October 10th, 2006 10:57 pm (UTC)
Well, it's also partly because the cold is a virus, so can't be treated with antibiotics. And because it mutates so quickly, so you can't immunize against it.
Lisa Maesielisamaesie on October 10th, 2006 10:58 pm (UTC)
I'm reading the article now. I like the part where they use nuclear reactors as lighting.
pine_island on October 11th, 2006 07:44 am (UTC)
Or Alzheimer's, for that matter. And stroke (both of which run in my family).

Although at the rate certain things are going I'll just be thankful if we're still around in 50 years...