October 10th, 2006

Felicia

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. =(