This month was all about the wonderful future that never was, and futures never imagined that came to pass.
Here’s a list of books and articles we explored for the topic:
- Book (inspiration for this topic): Popular Mechanics The Wonderful Future that Never Was: Flying Cars, Mail Delivery by Parachute, and Other Predictions from the Past – Gary Benford – http://goo.gl/Gyp6Jv
- Article: Eight Disney Tomorrowlands of the Past, Present and Future – http://goo.gl/MeJlrI
- Article: What people in 1900 thought France in the year 2000 would look like – The Washington Post – https://goo.gl/SDn8gg
- Book (focus is on how much actually came to pass): Tomorrowland: Our Journey from Science Fiction to Science Fact – Steven Kotler – http://goo.gl/EEJtOu
To get the conversation going, I asked people beforehand to think about 3 things imagined when you were much younger (for example, 12 years old), and three things you never imagined then that in fact came to pass. Here are my responses:
- 3 things imagined/didn’t happen:
- Personal jet-pack travel point-to-point everywhere.
- Colonies on the moon.
- Global starvation (arguably is happening – 800 million people/13.5% of global population per UN World Food Programme)
- 3 things not imagined/did happen:
- Ubiquity of the Internet
- Continued increased lifespans (U.S. – male: 76 years , female: 81 years, was 67 and 74 in 1970)
- Transgender rights as a front and center issue (didn’t even know about the concept then)