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What will life be like in the year 2000? (amusing look back at 1961)
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Posted on 01/05/2005 5:40:12 PM PST by fo0hzy

 

Golly!  Will it?

 

Will Life Be Worth Living in 2,000AD?


July 22, 1961, Weekend Magazine

Glamour Undies!
Allay inflammation!

Beats dandruff 3 ways!

3" larger - guaranteed!Learn at home!

What sort of life will you be living 39 years from now? Scientists have looked into the future and they can tell you.

It looks as if everything will be so easy that people will probably die from sheer boredom.

You will be whisked around in monorail vehicles at 200 miles an hour and you will think nothing of taking a fortnight's holiday in outer space.

Your house will probably have air walls, and a floating roof, adjustable to the angle of the sun.

Doors will open automatically, and clothing will be put away by remote control. The heating and cooling systems will be built into the furniture and rugs.

You'll have a home control room - an electronics centre, where messages will be recorded when you're away from home. This will play back when you return, and also give you up-to-the minute world news, and transcribe your latest mail.

You'll have wall-to-wall global TV, an indoor swimming pool, TV-telephones and room-to-room TV. Press a button and you can change the décor of a room.

The status symbol of the year 2000 will be the home computer help, which will help mother tend the children, cook the meals and issue reminders of appointments.

Cooking will be in solar ovens with microwave controls. Garbage will be refrigerated, and pressed into fertiliser pellets.

Food won't be very different from 1961, but there will be a few new dishes - instant bread, sugar made from sawdust, foodless foods (minus nutritional properties), juice powders and synthetic tea and cocoa. Energy will come in tablet form.

At work, Dad will operate on a 24 hour week. The office will be air-conditioned with stimulating scents and extra oxygen - to give a physical and psychological lift.

Mail and newspapers will be reproduced instantly anywhere in the world by facsimile.

There will be machines doing the work of clerks, shorthand writers and translators. Machines will "talk" to each other.

It will be the age of press-button transportation. Rocket belts will increase a man's stride to 30 feet, and bus-type helicopters will travel along crowded air skyways. There will be moving plastic-covered pavements, individual hoppicopters, and 200 m.p.h. monorail trains operating in all large cities.

The family car will be soundless, vibrationless and self-propelled thermostatically. The engine will be smaller than a typewriter. Cars will travel overland on an 18 inch air cushion.

Railways will have one central dispatcher, who will control a whole nation's traffic. Jet trains will be guided by electronic brains.

In commercial transportation, there will be travel at 1000 m.p.h. at a penny a mile. Hypersonic passenger planes, using solid fuels, will reach any part of the world in an hour.

By the year 2020, five per cent of the world's population will have emigrated into space. Many will have visited the moon and beyond.

Our children will learn from TV, recorders and teaching machines. They will get pills to make them learn faster. We shall be healthier, too. There will be no common colds, cancer, tooth decay or mental illness.

Medically induced growth of amputated limbs will be possible. Rejuvenation will be in the middle stages of research, and people will live, healthily, to 85 or 100.

There's a lot more besides to make H.G. Wells and George Orwell sound like they're getting left behind.

And this isn't science fiction. It's science fact - futuristic ideas, conceived by imaginative young men, whose crazy-sounding schemes have got the nod from the scientists.

It's the way they think the world will live in the next century - if there's any world left!

 



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: 1961; 2000
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1 posted on 01/05/2005 5:40:14 PM PST by fo0hzy
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To: fo0hzy

Oooo...glamour undies!


2 posted on 01/05/2005 5:43:43 PM PST by ScottFromSpokane (We're none of us prefect.)
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To: ScottFromSpokane

and a beautiful bust!


3 posted on 01/05/2005 5:45:06 PM PST by nhoward14 (Frodo failed. Hillary has the One Ring.)
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To: fo0hzy

I want my flying car gosh darn it! How else can you get to the spaceport on time.


4 posted on 01/05/2005 5:46:33 PM PST by swilhelm73 (Like the archers of Agincourt, ... the Swiftboat Veterans took down their own haughty Frenchman.)
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To: ScottFromSpokane
Yeah the ad is pretty cool. Rather risque for the early 60's.
5 posted on 01/05/2005 5:46:35 PM PST by KJacob (If I yawn it is only in anticipation.)
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To: fo0hzy
At work, Dad will operate on a 24 hour week.

And that's just on Monday.

Some of the predictions were surprisingly correct.

6 posted on 01/05/2005 5:47:04 PM PST by gitmo (Thanks, Mel. I needed that.)
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To: ScottFromSpokane

I like the Man Zan ads myself!!!!!!


7 posted on 01/05/2005 5:47:23 PM PST by Mears
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To: fo0hzy

This sounds as if it was put together by several people, some up on the latest technology and some on the latest comic books.


8 posted on 01/05/2005 5:47:54 PM PST by firebrand
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To: fo0hzy

Screw the flying cars. Where's my robot maid?


9 posted on 01/05/2005 5:47:56 PM PST by annyokie (If the shoe fits, put 'em both on!)
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To: fo0hzy
You'll have a home control room - an electronics centre, where messages will be recorded when you're away from home. This will play back when you return, and also give you up-to-the minute world news, and transcribe your latest mail.

You'll have wall-to-wall global TV, an indoor swimming pool, TV-telephones and room-to-room TV. The status symbol of the year 2000 will be the home computer help, which will help mother tend the children, cook the meals and issue reminders of appointments.

Amazingly they did get somethings right, or came terribly close.

Rocket belts will increase a man's stride to 30 feet,

Unfortunately my rocket belt is at the shop for repairs.

10 posted on 01/05/2005 5:49:07 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: annyokie

11 posted on 01/05/2005 5:49:18 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo ("When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk!")
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To: fo0hzy

They lied...

12 posted on 01/05/2005 5:50:09 PM PST by Normal4me
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To: fo0hzy

Well, some of those are pretty close--but even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Futurists have tended to be notoriously wrong over the years. In 1961, I bet they never imagined that the "machines that talk to each other" would be a means for accessing unlimited porn (along with the news). And that everyone would be constantly bombarded by ads for pen#s enlargement.


13 posted on 01/05/2005 5:50:27 PM PST by rbg81
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To: fo0hzy

Actually, when you view the movie 2001, we are quite a bit further advanced than the movie predicted, especially in communications and computers. We could have done the space travel they showed in the movie had we been willing to spend the money. We have the technology to do everything they did.


14 posted on 01/05/2005 5:50:30 PM PST by U S Army EOD (John Kerry, the mother of all flip floppers.I)
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To: fo0hzy
There will be no common colds, cancer, tooth decay or mental illness.

They apparently didn't foresee the rise of Liberalism...

15 posted on 01/05/2005 5:50:49 PM PST by mikrofon (Back to the Future)
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To: swilhelm73
I want my flying car gosh darn it! How else can you get to the spaceport on time.

Should have taken public transportation like the rest of us.

16 posted on 01/05/2005 5:51:06 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: KJacob
Rather risque for the early 60's.

Well, it is Australia....

17 posted on 01/05/2005 5:51:20 PM PST by Snickersnee (Where are we going? And what's with this handbasket???)
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To: annyokie
Buy the undies in the ad and parade around the house. Hubby will sell that nice plane and buy you a robot!
18 posted on 01/05/2005 5:52:05 PM PST by OSHA (I wish Huck Finn's last name was Fillary.)
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To: rbg81
And that everyone would be constantly bombarded by ads for pen#s enlargement.

Yeah. I'd rather be bombarded by ads for Glamour Undies.

19 posted on 01/05/2005 5:53:05 PM PST by lowbridge
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To: rbg81

If I answered all the adds for pen#s enlargement I get, we could use it to go to the moon on.


20 posted on 01/05/2005 5:53:13 PM PST by U S Army EOD (John Kerry, the mother of all flip floppers.I)
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To: RckyRaCoCo

LOL I was too lazy to look for that pic.


21 posted on 01/05/2005 5:53:33 PM PST by annyokie (If the shoe fits, put 'em both on!)
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To: OSHA

Too late. He sold the plane to buy the homestead.


22 posted on 01/05/2005 5:54:27 PM PST by annyokie (If the shoe fits, put 'em both on!)
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To: fo0hzy

>You will be whisked around in monorail vehicles at 200 miles >an hour and you will think nothing of taking a fortnight's >holiday in outer space.

I will remember this as I sit in Atlanta traffic.

And weep.


23 posted on 01/05/2005 5:55:18 PM PST by sandbar
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To: annyokie

Now that is very 60's typical.


24 posted on 01/05/2005 5:55:58 PM PST by The Teen Conservative
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To: firebrand
Dead on. Here's an example of basically right stuff, followed by way off, in the same paragraph.

In commercial transportation, there will be travel at 1000 m.p.h. at a penny a mile. Hypersonic passenger planes, using solid fuels, will reach any part of the world in an hour.

Adjusting for inflation, the prediction would mean coast-to-coast for about $210, which some of the low-fare carriers will do. And 600 mph is not so far off from 1000.

But, getting anywhere in the world in an hour is still way beyond current technology. I doubt if we will be able to do it before 2050-2075. Or maybe never -- if the price is so high that nobody really wants to pay it on a regular basis. Just like today, you CAN get a chopper to take you 20 miles to a ball game, for example, but virtually no one does.

25 posted on 01/05/2005 5:56:34 PM PST by BohDaThone
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To: The Teen Conservative

You clean 2700 square feet three or more times a week. I want my Rosie Robot.


26 posted on 01/05/2005 5:57:51 PM PST by annyokie (If the shoe fits, put 'em both on!)
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To: fo0hzy

I misread one line - thought it said "The family CAT will be soundless, vibrationless and self propelled." Must clean off this monitor!


27 posted on 01/05/2005 5:57:51 PM PST by Moonmad27
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To: fo0hzy
You will be whisked around in monorail vehicles at 200 miles an hour..

That one is funny.

Big deal here in Las Vegas about a monorail, been going on for years, funding, etc.

They finally built the thing. Great words from all the local politicos, heavy local news coverage, etc....

and they had to shut it down 'cuz pieces parts were falling off - literally falling off to the streets below.

Typical, for Las Vegas. Too bad "kick backs" don't have an automatic trace.....

LVM

28 posted on 01/05/2005 5:58:24 PM PST by LasVegasMac (I'm John Kerry and I am reporting for ...unemployment.)
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To: fo0hzy
sugar made from sawdust

They foresaw the Atkins diet.

Our children ... will get pills to make them learn faster.

Or at least sit down, shut up and stare blankly at the blackboard.

29 posted on 01/05/2005 5:58:42 PM PST by KarlInOhio (In a just world, Arafat would have died at the end of a rope.)
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To: lowbridge
Unfortunately my rocket belt is at the shop for repairs.

I'll trade you mine for a little more of that Man Zan stuff.

30 posted on 01/05/2005 5:58:44 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: lowbridge

"Unfortunately my rocket belt is at the shop for repairs."

I think that was my favorite as well...


31 posted on 01/05/2005 5:58:53 PM PST by fo0hzy
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To: U S Army EOD

The computer looked just like 1960s computers: rooms and rooms full of it. But it became a person and fell in love.


32 posted on 01/05/2005 5:58:56 PM PST by firebrand
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To: KarlInOhio
sugar made from sawdust
They foresaw the Atkins diet.

LOL!
34 posted on 01/05/2005 6:00:23 PM PST by fo0hzy
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To: fo0hzy
I want my flying car - dammit!

And some of that ManZan stuff wouldn't hurt either. With a name like that, it's gotta be good!

I wonder if you eat, smoke, smear or stuff it?

35 posted on 01/05/2005 6:00:23 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: fo0hzy

Sugar made from sawdust?


36 posted on 01/05/2005 6:01:02 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: firebrand

It would be possible to program a HAL today and give it the same capability. It would be much smaller though.


37 posted on 01/05/2005 6:02:18 PM PST by U S Army EOD (John Kerry, the mother of all flip floppers.I)
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To: fo0hzy

Sugar made from sawdust?


38 posted on 01/05/2005 6:02:19 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: fo0hzy

>foodless foods (minus nutritional properties)

Now this is true. (as I munch on my Cheetos)


39 posted on 01/05/2005 6:03:46 PM PST by sandbar
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To: fo0hzy

Those were the days...... You could even buy guns listed in the back of Field & Stream and Outdoor Life.


40 posted on 01/05/2005 6:04:07 PM PST by Capt_Hank (btu's...kcal's...to kJ's, but my activation energy is still high.)
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To: sandbar

"bus-type helicopters will travel along crowded air skyways."

If only it were so! The backups on the bridges across the bay here wouldn't affect my commute.


41 posted on 01/05/2005 6:04:15 PM PST by Theresawithanh (2005! My resolution: FReep even MORE this year!!!)
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To: Kaslin

I don't write it, I just report it :P


42 posted on 01/05/2005 6:04:21 PM PST by fo0hzy
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To: fo0hzy
It is interesting how good, (or bad) people's ideas of the future are.

I remember watching science fiction of the 50's and we aren't even close to where they thought we would be in many areas, specifically space travel, but are ahead in others such as size of computers. Jet aircraft are in many ways not that much more advanced. For instance an F104 of the 1950's is about as fast as or faster than an F-16. The real improvements are in electronics and targeting.

Seeing people in an avanced society traveling through galaxies while using computers which have large tape reels is a amusing.

43 posted on 01/05/2005 6:05:36 PM PST by yarddog
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To: fo0hzy

In 1961 I thought I'd be dead by 2000....Im way ahead of the game


44 posted on 01/05/2005 6:06:07 PM PST by mystery-ak (Become a monthly donor)
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To: fo0hzy

>foodless foods (minus nutritional properties)

Now this is true. (as I munch on my Cheetos)


45 posted on 01/05/2005 6:06:32 PM PST by sandbar
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To: lowbridge

Well, no look, it is one think to muse about flying cars and spaceports...but timely public transportation? Now that truly is out there science fiction. ;)


46 posted on 01/05/2005 6:07:20 PM PST by swilhelm73 (Like the archers of Agincourt, ... the Swiftboat Veterans took down their own haughty Frenchman.)
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To: fo0hzy
And in that year a Freeper was born.
47 posted on 01/05/2005 6:08:48 PM PST by mdittmar (May God watch over those who serve to keep us free)
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To: fo0hzy

Where's my helicopter? This article clearly states that I am to travel about by my own personal helicotper, and I want it now! And while you're delivering the chopper, go ahead and drop me off one of those rocket belt thingy's so I can increase my stride to 30' a step.


48 posted on 01/05/2005 6:10:03 PM PST by Space Wrangler
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To: lowbridge
"And that everyone would be constantly bombarded by ads for pen#s enlargement."

Oh, you get those, too?

I've often wondered, how they know, whom to send those ads to?

49 posted on 01/05/2005 6:10:58 PM PST by auggy (http://home.bellsouth.net/p/PWP-DownhomeKY /// Check out My USA Photo album & Fat Files)
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To: fo0hzy

Machines will "talk" to each other.

Even foresaw spam & computer virus virii, oh heck them trojan thingies in the email.

Ain't progress wunnerful? ;OP

50 posted on 01/05/2005 6:14:43 PM PST by ancient_geezer (Don't reform it, Replace it!!)
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