Right here we’re in 2020 and, rapidly, 1970 was 50 years in the past.
I assumed we might have flying vehicles by now. What offers?
Are we prepared for flying vehicles? I feel not, however there are increasingly more inventors on the market attempting their darnedest to make them.
The drone craze has spurned a bevy of corporations trying to create drones for folks. That is likely to be the best method of cracking the flying automobile market.
It’s a far cry from the Jetsons’ flying automobile, however it’s a begin.
I’d be curious if there could be “highways” or journey lanes for flying autos. And the way would a flying automobile be policed? Like I mentioned, we’re not prepared for that.
I discovered predictions for the yr 2020 written a few years in the past.
In 1967, The Futurist journal predicted apes could be chauffeuring our autos. I assume they missed that one.
Standard Mechanics predicted we’d be touring in tubes in 1957. The closest tube I do know of is the northbound tunnel on the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike.
Thomas Edison was a reasonably good inventor, however in 1911 he predicted homes and contents could be constructed from metal. Holy moly, that’s a variety of Rustoleum.
Not too way back, Wired journal predicted we might have reached Mars by 2020. There are a couple of house businesses predicting a Mars launch between 2021 and 2024.
In 1950, Affiliate Press author Dorothy Roe mentioned all ladies could be greater than six toes tall with a shoe dimension of 11 and have shoulders and arms of a truck driver. Nope.
Means again in 1943, the president of IBM predicted there wouldn’t be very a lot use for computer systems. As of 2014, an estimated 2 billion private computer systems have been in use.Who would have purchased inventory from that man?
Well-known sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke predicted in 1966 the home of the long run would fly by the yr 2020. I’m nonetheless pushing the flying automobile, not to mention a flying home. Then once more, if I had a flying home, I’d fly away from paying property taxes.
Inventor Nikola Tesla ought to have stored his predictions to electrical energy as a result of, in 1937, he predicted espresso, tea and tobacco could be now not used broadly and alcohol would nonetheless be used. I’ll have a double, please.
You’ve heard of blood banks, little doubt. Fashionable Mechanix, in a 1940s article, predicted tooth banks could be widespread. I hope Drs. Anthony Polit and John Costello aren’t studying this.
Women Dwelling Journal predicted in a 1900 version that, by 2020, the letters C, X and Q would now not exist within the English language. So how would Frank Colella and Vito Quaglia signal their checks? Are you able to say Tony Allaio?
I assume there’s hope for all of us. In 1913, a New York Instances reporter predicted we’d all be vegetarians by now. Ron D’Eliseo, you higher inform Brenda no lasagna for the household subsequent New Yr’s Eve.
In 1951, Standard Mechanics predicted each family would have a private helicopter. I’d go for that.
Right here’s a loopy prediction. Again in 1911, the Royal Faculty of Surgeons of England mentioned that, by 2020, a human’s foot would have morphed into one large toe. Are you able to say Crocs?
In 1955, a vacuum cleaner president mentioned vacuums could be nuclear-powered. Wait, what?
Once more, Standard Mechanics predicted in 1950 that, by the yr 2020, we might be cleansing our homes with, not a nuclear vacuum, however a backyard hose. Transfer over, Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
Right here’s one too good to be true. In 1966, Time journal article predicted that, by 2020, all the things could be automized by machines, no person will work and everybody will probably be wealthy. The place do I join that?
What’s up for the long run?
I consider increasingly more customers will minimize the wire and watch TV with an antenna or a streaming system. Streaming is gaining market share with Apple, Disney, SlingTV, YouTube TV and others making their mark.
Web suppliers like Verizon must step up their recreation with speeds. I’ve been struggling and paying for 1/three of the velocity that I had till I found an issue, not with my home, however strains in all places. Two causes: 1. Expertise is getting older and must be revamped. 2. Squirrels are a giant situation as they chew from pole to pole.
I’d love for all residence computer systems to go wi-fi, getting service from cell towers as an alternative of phone poles. There aren’t many squirrels in house.
We received’t see gasoline priced at $three a gallon as extra oil is being produced everywhere in the globe. I’d like to pay between $1 and $1.50 per gallon however that received’t occur, both.
Flat display TVs will most likely not get significantly better for now. QLED and OLED units are prime of the road, all in 4K. It appears 8K is taking a peek however that received’t occur, both. Search for costs to proceed to dip for bigger screens.
Cameras will inch nearer and nearer to being mirrorless. I’m not saying DSLR or movie cameras will go away, however the way forward for pictures will transfer additional away from the latter.
No flying vehicles this yr, sadly.
Quote of the week
“Be at conflict along with your vices, at peace along with your neighbors, and let each new yr discover you a greater man.” – Benjamin Franklin
Considered the week
“Prediction could be very troublesome, particularly if it’s concerning the future.” – Niels Bohr
“We move via this world however as soon as.” – Stephen Jay Gould