Predicting the future is easy. Getting it right is the hard part.” – Howard Frank, DARPA

An interesting and sometimes impressively accurate account of the world in 2008, told from a 1948 perspective.

From the Mechanix Illustrated, November 1948, it has the usual references to flying cars, efficient mass transit and vacations on the Moon, but also some good predictions about electronics and money:

Computers also handle travel reservations, relay telephone messages, keep track of birthdays and anniversaries, compute taxes and even figure the monthly bills for electricity, water, telephone and other utilities. […]

Money has all but disappeared. Employers deposit salary checks directly into their employees’ accounts. Credit cards are used for paying all bills. Each time you buy something, the card’s number is fed into the store’s computer station. A master computer then deducts the charge from your bank balance. […]

One obvious point is that for most of the world’s population absolutely nothing changed in these 40 years. But still, can you tell how the world will be in 2048?

Thanks to “Know What’s Next”.

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