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Will Life Be Worth Living in 2000 AD?":
Weekend Magazine ^ | July 22, 1961

Posted on 01/14/2005 4:26:11 AM PST by billorites

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.

DDoors 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.

IIn 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!

©1999 Pixelmatic



TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 1961; 2000; predictions
in the year 5555
your arms are hanging limp at your sides
your legs got nothing to do
some machines doing that for you

1 posted on 01/14/2005 4:26:12 AM PST by billorites
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To: billorites
I want my jetpack.
2 posted on 01/14/2005 4:31:54 AM PST by atomicpossum (I am the Cat that walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.)
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To: billorites
to make ... George Orwell sound like they're getting left behind.

Au contraire, Orwell's devastating analysis of the left has been borne out time and again

3 posted on 01/14/2005 4:36:17 AM PST by agere_contra
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To: billorites
At work, Dad will operate on a 24-hour week day.

Dad is so hooked up with the laptop, pager, and cell phone that he can't get away from work.

4 posted on 01/14/2005 4:36:50 AM PST by Samwise (This day does not belong to one man but to all. --Aragorn)
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To: billorites

I'd write a long paragraph in response to this but the air-conditioning just failed in my chair so it's uncomfortable sitting here.


5 posted on 01/14/2005 4:38:58 AM PST by samtheman
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To: billorites
Actually some of it did sort of come true:

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.
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.

Food won't be very different from 1961, but there will be a few new dishes ...juice powders and synthetic tea and cocoa. Energy will come in tablet form.
The office will be air-conditioned
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

6 posted on 01/14/2005 4:39:44 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: billorites

Ya gotta love those old lingerie ads!!


7 posted on 01/14/2005 4:40:18 AM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: billorites

"foodless foods (minus nutritional properties)"

Sounds like Diet food/drinks to me. They taste downright nasty! :)


8 posted on 01/14/2005 4:41:56 AM PST by 1FASTGLOCK45
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To: billorites
There will be no...mental illness.

I guess these scientists didn't realize that both Islam and the DemonRats would still be around in 2000.

9 posted on 01/14/2005 4:43:34 AM PST by rickmichaels ("We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American way." - Toby Keith)
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To: billorites

Stuff they got wrong -- Well that list is pretty long, and more than a few of their predictions were just plain silly. For example -- How exactly does "remote control clothes hanging" work?

Stuff they got right -- Answering machines, computers and microwave ovens.

Stuff they mentioned that we should have, but still don't -- solar heating and power, energy efficient transportation, and high speed rail transport.


10 posted on 01/14/2005 4:45:03 AM PST by 9999lakes
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To: billorites

11 posted on 01/14/2005 4:45:39 AM PST by Huck (I only type LOL when I'm really LOL.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

12 posted on 01/14/2005 4:46:39 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites
in the year 5555

Gee, thanks for that earworm!

13 posted on 01/14/2005 4:46:43 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: Samwise
My very same thought. By lunchtime Wednesday I've always worked more that 24 hours, In fact usually by dinnertime Tuesday. I'm not complaining, but it tends to wear on you when you are going in for that 27th straight Saturday in a row. And thanks (in part) to unions and the efficiency of government, my commute takes 1.6 hours per day and costs more like $3.00 per mile.
14 posted on 01/14/2005 4:48:56 AM PST by tcostell
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To: billorites

Half of this stuff probably would have come to pass if people weren't so worried about being sued...


15 posted on 01/14/2005 5:19:59 AM PST by Egon (Government is a guard-dog to be fed, not a cow to be milked.)
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To: billorites
In 1967, expert testimony was given to a committee of the United States Senate, and they said that technology--labor saving, time saving technology--was going to change the way that Americans work. That within 20 years people would be working 32 weeks a year on average, or they would be working 22 hours a week on average, or they would retire by the time they were about 40 years old, because we would be saving all of this time through our technology and so on.
They said to the United States Senate that in 20 years the number one challenge Americans would face with regard to time was what to do with their excess time.

Science can always predict what tomorrow will bring. What they always fail to predict is what God can do to change their forecast completely inside of an hour.
All the naysayers who tell us about the dangers of global warming and how we are destroying this planet are missing one vital piece of the puzzle... God is in charge. As a result, no one can't properly predict what will happen in one hour.
With the price of education, students should be able to sue their professors whenever their class lectures turn our to be wrong.
Why shouldn't professors pay as much for malpractice insurance as doctors do?
Where are the lawyers on this one?

16 posted on 01/14/2005 5:24:53 AM PST by The Brush
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To: Fzob

Thought you would find this interesting


17 posted on 01/14/2005 5:26:23 AM PST by Popman
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To: billorites
If your going to do a melody of their hit don't forget to Smoke the Rugs
18 posted on 01/14/2005 5:39:19 AM PST by sticker
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To: billorites

I pay no attention to these kinds of articles having been brutally disappointed by the failure of 'My Weekly Reader' to make good on it's lies about the future.

One future hope I do harbor...no RATs.


19 posted on 01/14/2005 5:41:35 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth (There's nothing wrong with this country that 1,000,000 executions won't straighten out.)
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To: billorites
Looking back at predictions is fascinating!

You'll have wall-to-wall global TV, TV-telephones and room-to-room TV.

Satellite and cable on the plasma tv, cell phones, and security cameras.

Cooking will be in solar ovens with microwave controls.

GE came out with the Advantium oven several years ago. Cooks with bright halogen lights, with microwave option too. They didn't take to the market too well. They do bake (not microwave) potatoes and roast a chicken really fast.

20 posted on 01/14/2005 5:43:14 AM PST by NautiNurse (Osama bin Laden has more tapes than Steely Dan)
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To: billorites
Pilots want the skies reserved for themselves exclusively.

We could have flying cars in 10 years if the pilots would only let we lesser mortals into their club.
21 posted on 01/14/2005 5:47:04 AM PST by Lokibob (All typos and spelling errors are mine and copyrighted!!!!)
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To: billorites
Rocket belts will increase a man's stride to 30 feet...

Unfortunately, not yet a reality--but it can be simulated by imbibing sufficient martinis.

22 posted on 01/14/2005 5:55:40 AM PST by Faraday
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To: billorites

I like the predictions by Barry Commoner and that lepidopterist from CA about the massive famines and a world in environmental collapse.


23 posted on 01/14/2005 5:58:46 AM PST by aruanan
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To: billorites

In the year 2525
If man is still alive
If woman can survive they may find...


24 posted on 01/14/2005 6:28:10 AM PST by kc2theline (Support our troops and the CIC that sends them to defend us.)
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...

"In the year 2000, women will still refuse to get into a car with Ted Kennedy...."

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

25 posted on 01/14/2005 6:31:38 AM PST by mhking (Do not mess with dragons, for thou art crunchy & good with ketchup...)
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To: billorites

100 years! There are some who think human death will be overcome within 30 to 40 years. The human body will be like a house, which can last forever with good maintenance (via nanobots-small computers within the body). Furthermore, with a complete understanding of aging, age reversal may be possible. So pick what age you want to be and live life that way, for a few thousand years or so.


26 posted on 01/14/2005 6:42:25 AM PST by kipita (Rebel the proletariat response to Aristocracy and Exploitation.)
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To: mhking; All
Actually woman refuses to go near water with any Kennedy...
27 posted on 01/14/2005 6:47:44 AM PST by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: Popman

Thanks for the ping.

Remarkably accurate.


28 posted on 01/14/2005 6:59:20 AM PST by Fzob (Why does this tag line keep showing up?)
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To: billorites

That article is really amazing. You know, when you read "futurist" type articles like this from the past, they always miss the mark. That is the first on to get it dead-on right.


29 posted on 01/14/2005 7:00:46 AM PST by myheroesareDeadandRegistered (Ann Coulter/ Mark Levin tag team in '08)
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To: Faraday
Rocket belts will increase a man's stride to 30 feet...

Perhaps they were imagining this?


30 posted on 01/14/2005 7:08:57 AM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Stupid grandma leaver-outers!"--Tom Servo)
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To: billorites
Some of their predictions are accurate, many of the inaccurate predictions result from the inability to discern a market for a product.

What in the world would I need "air walls" for? They didn't think people of the future would need any privacy?

Another interesting prediction:

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.

That was essentially correct, but they completely underestimated the demand for porn. ;)

31 posted on 01/14/2005 7:12:27 AM PST by Brett66 (W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1)
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To: myheroesareDeadandRegistered
That article is really amazing. You know, when you read "futurist" type articles like this from the past, they always miss the mark. That is the first on to get it dead-on right.

Which should make you suspicious.

Cooking will be in solar ovens with microwave controls

Did the general public even know what "microwave" controls were in 1961? Any evidence, one way or another, that this article is actually from 1961?

32 posted on 01/14/2005 7:54:21 AM PST by knuthom
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Here are some others that came true -- somewhat : Our children will learn from TV, recorders and teaching machines.


33 posted on 01/14/2005 8:22:32 AM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: billorites
foodless foods (minus nutritional properties)

Wow!

They foresaw Burger King french fries!

Worst fries on the planet!

34 posted on 01/14/2005 8:25:46 AM PST by N. Theknow (Sixth grade to Michael Moore would not have been grade school, it would have been grad school.)
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To: billorites

Nailed the foodless food.


35 posted on 01/14/2005 8:35:13 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: billorites; lightingguy
Amazing how amid the wacky, there's quite a bit that has come to pass. I particularly liked

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

as I sit here typing a response that the entire world can view a second after I hit post. :)

36 posted on 01/14/2005 8:55:10 AM PST by agrace ("...now the Big Jihad is begun." - newly elected PA president Abu Mazen to cheering crowds, 1/10)
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To: HungarianGypsy

Don't for get: "They will get pills to make them learn faster."

We're obsessed with drugging our kids.


37 posted on 01/14/2005 9:00:15 AM PST by Hoodlum91
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To: Brett66

"air walls" = insulated concrete forms made of styrofoam encasements currently have an R-50 insulation factor and can withstand a 400 MPH wind!

Standard concrete block or insulated wood frame walls have an R-8 insulation factor.

It might not be pure air, but styrofoam is as close as we got so far.

http://www.icfweb.com/


38 posted on 01/14/2005 9:11:34 AM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: JoeSixPack1

Was that what they meant by air walls? I guess they made a good prediction about that.


39 posted on 01/14/2005 9:38:45 AM PST by Brett66 (W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1 W1)
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To: Hoodlum91

I thought I had copied and pasted the pills to make them learn faster part. Apparently, I cut that part off. Yes, that really drives me up the wall. Granted, some children (like my nephew) need it, but it is done too much. At my church, there was a little 3 year old who a lot of the children called the meanest kid in primary. He was ADD and his parents preferred to work with him rather than medicate him. My husband and I were called as Sunday School teachers for his class. I watched the way my husband handled him and was able to help the boy out when my husband wasn't around. Another lady who was helping tried to restrain him when he threw a fit once and only made it worse. My thought before I took him away from her was, "This is just a little boy." She couldn't believe that his parents hadn't medicated him or done something else before this point. His family moved away, but I hope they still have been helping him out. I saw a lot of improvement in just the few months I knew him.


40 posted on 01/14/2005 9:51:32 AM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: N. Theknow

Gee, I dunno--Jack-in-the-Box sells fries that would kill a hungry fish if used for bait.


41 posted on 01/14/2005 10:13:51 AM PST by Paulus Invictus
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To: Paulus Invictus
Gee, I dunno--Jack-in-the-Box sells fries that would kill a hungry fish if used for bait.

I did not include them as they are not an international affront to the noble potato.

42 posted on 01/14/2005 10:17:18 AM PST by N. Theknow (Twang your magic twangy Froggie! Hiyakids hiya hiya hiya! I'llbegood I'llbegood I'llbegood!)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
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.

My mother keeps complaining about how she hates having a computer in the bedroom, but she can't think of anywhere else in her house where she'd like it to be either. Now I know what to tell her: it's time to add on a "home control room"!

43 posted on 01/14/2005 11:35:09 AM PST by Dont Mention the War (W2: Coming January 20, 2005! Be There!)
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To: knuthom

microwave ovens were invented (more or less) in 1946

http://www.gallawa.com/microtech/history.html


44 posted on 01/14/2005 11:39:26 AM PST by fnord (All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost)
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To: mhking

Thanks, that was a fun read!


45 posted on 01/14/2005 2:59:38 PM PST by JLO
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To: billorites

Fine. So what's life going to be like in 2045?


46 posted on 01/14/2005 3:02:21 PM PST by k2blader (It is neither compassionate nor conservative to support the expansion of socialism.)
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To: Samwise
exactly
47 posted on 01/14/2005 3:07:20 PM PST by unspun (unspun.info | Did U work your precinct, churchmembers, etc. for good votes?)
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To: Faraday
Rocket belts will increase a man's stride to 30 feet...

I get alot of email about increasing man's something or other, but not to anything near 30 feet.

48 posted on 01/14/2005 3:14:47 PM PST by unspun (unspun.info | Did U work your precinct, churchmembers, etc. for good votes?)
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To: billorites

Damn..Had forgotten THAT one...........


49 posted on 01/14/2005 3:25:17 PM PST by litehaus
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