Morton Fox (mortonfox) wrote,
Morton Fox

100 Years into the Future (from the past)

Eagle Rock Reservation

This month's Shoppers' Hotline newsletter has an interesting excerpt of a number of predictions made by John Watkins Jr. in 1900 on what may happen by the year 2000. So I did a web search and found an online copy of the article from The Ladies' Home Journal of December 1900.

It's incredibly hard to foresee what will happen in a hundred years, so some of his predictions were rather prescient. For example:

Prediction #10: Man will See Around the World. Persons and things of all kinds will be brought within focus of cameras connected electrically with screens at opposite ends of circuits, thousands of miles at a span.

Webcams, Flickr, and Youtube?

Other predictions were somewhat off:

Prediction #22: Store Purchases by Tube. Pneumatic tubes, instead of store wagons, will deliver packages and bundles. These tubes will collect, deliver and transport mail over certain distances, perhaps for hundreds of miles.

No tubes yet, unless you were thinking of the intertubes. :)

Now it's your turn. What do you think life will be like in the year 2100?
Tags: future, predictions, shoppers hotline
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