In the 60’s, as a grade schooler, we were sold a vision of the future that made me believe we’d be wearing jump suits and flying around on jet packs by now.
It never happened.
Back in 1988, a few experts told the LA Times what we’d have 25 years into the future, 2013. They were surprisingly on target, except for a few things.
Back on April 3rd 1988, the “Los Angeles Times Magazine” had a cover story predicting what life would be like in 2013.
It’s now 25 years later, and a class at USC is looking back to see how accurate the predictions were. Here are five things the article got right:
1.) Every car would have a computer in it, and be able to drive itself. Cars have had computer systems for years . . . and there are self-parking cars, as well as the Google Car that drives itself.
2.) Computer navigation systems for driving . . . similar to GPS.
3.) Video chat systems . . . like Skype.
4.) A, quote, “personal portable computer about the size of a three-by-five card” . . . which sounds a lot like a smartphone.
5.) Schools with satellite campuses connected over computer networks . . . and computer screens for walls. Most colleges offer long-distance and online courses now . . . and wall-mounted “Smart boards” are part of many classrooms.
And here are three predictions the experts MISSED on 25 years ago:
1.) Robot cooks and maids. They thought those would hit the market in the late 1990s and be common by now. Other than Roomba vacuum cleaners, we’re still waiting.
2.) Hover cars. Experts said that magnetism would be used to lift cars off the road for a smoother ride . . . That hasn’t happened, but apparently the technology is expected to be ready soon.
3.) Robot pets.
I would kill for a robot pet that doesn’t pee in my living room!
As you can see, even by 1988, futurists had given up on the idea of jet pack transportation. That means it’s up to me to develop this thing. Well, back to the garage!