Isaac Asimov’s 1964 Predictions About 2014 Are Frighteningly Accurate
In 1964, famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov ventured a guess at what you might find if you set foot inside the 2014 World’s Fair ...
In 1964, famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov ventured a guess at what you might find if you set foot inside the 2014 World’s Fair. Using his gift for envisioning future technology, Asimov’s predictions from 50 years out are both stunningly accurate and perhaps a little bit depressing. Here’s a look at what he got right.
“One thought that occurs to me is that men will continue to withdraw from nature in order to create an environment that will suit them better.”
“Kitchen units will be devised that will prepare ‘automeals,’ heating water and converting it to coffee.”
“Complete lunches and dinners, with the food semiprepared, will be stored in the freezer until ready for processing.”
“The appliances of 2014 will have no electric cords, of course.”
“Much effort will be put into the designing of vehicles with ‘Robot-brains.’”
“There will be increasing emphasis on transportation that makes the least possible contact with the surface.”
“By 2014, only unmanned ships will have landed on Mars, though a manned expedition will be in the works and in the 2014 Futurama will show a model of an elaborate Martian colony.”
“For short-range travel, moving sidewalks (with benches on either side, standing room in the center) will be making their appearance in downtown sections.”
“Synchronous satellites, hovering in space will make it possible for you to direct-dial any spot on earth."
“Communications will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone.”
“In fact, one popular exhibit at the 2014 World’s Fair will be such a 3-D TV, built life-size, in which ballet performances will be seen.”
“The world of A.D. 2014 will have few routine jobs that cannot be done better by some machine than by any human being. Mankind will therefore have become largely a race of machine tenders.”