Ten Futuristic False Predictions
This was a prediction made in the year 1909. Jules Bois went on to make a few less prescient claims, predicting that "a kind of flying bicycle will have been invented which will enable everybody to traverse the air at will, far above the earth. Hardly any one will remain in the cities at night. They will be places of business only. People of every class will reside in the country or in garden towns at considerable distances from the populous centers." This prediction never came true.
#9 Everything will be coated in plastic, and food comes in frozen bricks
This prediction came out in 1950. In an issue of Popular Mechanics, the incredibly-named Waldemar Kaempffert, then science editor of The New York Times, envisioned a future in which everything is either disposable or recyclable. To illustrate his point, he came up with a hypothetical family, the Dobsons, living in a hypothetical town called Tottenville.
He framed the entire story. "When Jane Dobson cleans house she simply turns the hose on everything," Kaempffert wrote. "Why not? Furniture (upholstery included), rugs, draperies, unscratchable floors - all are made of synthetic fabric or waterproof plastic. After the water has run down a drain in the middle of the floor (later concealed by a rug of synthetic fiber) Jane turns on a blast of hot air and dries everything."
He further adds "cooking as an art is only a memory in the minds of old-people. A few die-hards still broil a chicken or roast a leg of lamb, but the experts have developed ways of deep-freezing partially baked cuts of meat. Even soup and milk are delivered in the form of frozen bricks." Furthermore, Jane Dobson can serve a steak in less than three minutes, and an elaborate multi-course meal never takes more than half an hour to prepare. Quite a prediction one must say but nothing of that touched the reality.
#8 3D television, complete with "smellevision"
Another 1950's predictions. By the year 2000, "third-dimensional color television will be so commonplace and so simplified...that a small device will project pictures on the living room wall so realistic they will seem to be alive," according to an Associated Press article that ran in the Lumberton, N.C. Robesonian. Accurate enough, except for the part about incorporating smells into the TV-viewing experience: "The room will automatically be filled with the aroma of the flower garden being shown on the screen." Although the 3d Tv's did came in the market and became a big thing but certainly not the way it was predicted.
#7 No C, X or Q
This was one of the earliest predictions of the 20th century. "These prophecies will seem strange, almost impossible," begins a 1900 article in Ladies' Home Journal. "Yet they have come from the most conservative and learned minds in America."
Also These "learned minds" suggested that by the year 2000, certain letters of the alphabet would simply vanish: "There will be no C, X or Q in our every-day alphabet. They will be abandoned because unnecessary. Spelling by sound will have been adopted, first by the newspapers. English will be a language of condensed words expressing condensed ideas, and will be more extensively spoken than any other. Russian will be second." Srange prediction!
#6 Space travel for all
A 1952 prediction was highly an imaginative one. In a 1952 article from the Kentucky New Era, scientists at two separate conventions - the International Congress of Astronautics in London and the American Chemical Society in New York - cheerily predicted the end to most diseases, as well as overpopulation, by the year 2000. In their vision of the future, solar power is the dominant form of energy and "journey through space in rocket ships" is a common and economically viable form of transportation.
And this is not it, Dr. Werner von Braun testified that we would overcome most of the problems associated with space exploration by the end of the 1950s. "The first step toward true space navigation [will be] earth moons - man-made satellites high in the earth's atmosphere," the New Era paraphrased. "Persons stationed on these earth moons continuously circling around the world will be able to observe and report any unusual activity that threatens peace on earth. Supported against the earth's gravitational pull by the centrifugal force of its rapid motion, only moderate power will be needed to launch space ships from these satellites which possess no atmosphere." As mentioned earlier, a highly imaginative one.
#5 Computer Would Never Become A Necessity
Yes, this is a very weird prediction made by Ken Olson. He stated that " There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home. Ken Olson is the founder of Digital equipment corp. This prediction ultimately landed up far from reality. And we are still wondering what must have prompted him to say this.
#4 No 32 bits
"We will never make a 32 bit operating system." This was a statement given by Bill Gates. Now this is a very shocking as well as a funny prediction cum plans revealed by him. Bill gates need no introduction. The once upon a time richest man in the world even thought that an individual would never require a memory storage in mb's.
#3 Underground Homes, With Automated Kitchens
This prediction was made in the year 1964. A science fiction author Isaac Asimov imagined what the 2014 World's Fair would look like for The New York Times (there isn't one, so he's already wrong on that count). Most of his predictions were highly astute, which should come as no surprise from a man who lived and breathed visions of the future. But when he wasn't foreseeing cheap and effective birth control, "mock-turkey" and smart technology, he was wrongly predicting human colonies on the moon, hovercraft and underground cities.
"Kitchen units will be devised that will prepare 'automeals,' heating water and converting it to coffee; toasting bread; frying, poaching or scrambling eggs, grilling bacon, and so on. Breakfasts will be 'ordered' the night before to be ready by a specified hour the next morning," he continued. This prediction is not even close to the reality.
#2 End Of The world
This is probably the oldest prediction on this list. Mayan calendar had scheduled an impending apocalypse for this year, 2012, the end of the world has actually been on its way for centuries. We take a look at the 10 best (and strangest) Doomsday predictions that never happened.
#1 Colonies on the moon, of course!
Although this prediction was made in 1982, but you get the feeling that this is an age old prediction. In 1982, The New York Times polled futurists, including noted proponent of the Singularity, Ray Kurzweil, to find out what the next 20 years would bring. Kurzweil's conservative predictions included electric automobiles and smaller families - "one child or none" - as well as more cooperative workplaces.
everything was fine till then but what followed is still far from reality. Independent futurist Barbara Hubbard had a more radical view of the year 2002: "There are the materials of a thousand earths on the moon and asteroids," she told the Times. "In 20 years, there is the possibility of a cosmic civilization." We all still consider this as a possibility for future but as far as present is considered, this is not true.
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