15 Really Inaccurate Predictions About The Future

The thing about dealing with predicting the future is that, at some point, the future happens, and then we get to look back at everyone who was laughably wrong. If you dig through the annals of time, you'll see just how bad some of the greatest minds from the past were at looking ahead.

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15 Really Inaccurate Predictions About The Future - “Nuclear-powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality within ten years.”
—Alex Lewyt, vacuumSource: PC World

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15 Really Inaccurate Predictions About The Future - People kept predicting we’d turn to more animal labor, with butler kangaroos and chauffeur chimps.Source: Galveston Daily News

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15 Really Inaccurate Predictions About The Future - “Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of aspSource: Lambert's Railway Miscellany

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15 Really Inaccurate Predictions About The Future - French artists predicted life in the year 2000 for the 1900 World Exhibition. They foresaw machineSource: CBS News

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15 Really Inaccurate Predictions About The Future - “There will be No C, X or Q in our every-day alphabet. They will be abandoned because unnecessary.Source: Saturday Evening Post

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15 Really Inaccurate Predictions About The Future - Popular Science believed we were close to the cyborg above, but their ultimate goal (“Optiman”) waSource: Popular Science

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15 Really Inaccurate Predictions About The Future - “The woman of the year 2000 will be will be more than six feet tall, wear a size 11 shoe, have shoSource: Smithsonian

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15 Really Inaccurate Predictions About The Future - “The house of the future would have no roots ... Gone would be water pipes, drains, power lines; tSource: The Rotarian

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15 Really Inaccurate Predictions About The Future - “We don’t like the sound. Guitar groups are on their way out.”
—Dick Rowe, head of artists and repSource: The Beatles

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15 Really Inaccurate Predictions About The Future - “Gold has even now but a few years to live. The day is near when bars of it will be as common and Source: National Geographic

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15 Really Inaccurate Predictions About The Future - The Popular Mechanics version of medical video conferencing included an “electric handshake” that Source: Popular Mechanics

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15 Really Inaccurate Predictions About The Future - “The man of the next century will revolt against shaving ... His hat will be an an antenna. His soSource: National Gallery of Australia

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15 Really Inaccurate Predictions About The Future - If current trends continue, Americans in the 21st century will live “as the low-caste Chinaman doeSource: NY Times

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15 Really Inaccurate Predictions About The Future - “Democracy will be dead by 1950.” —John Langdon-Davies, British journalist. Yeah, it got a little Source: Washington Post

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15 Really Inaccurate Predictions About The Future - “I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapseSource: Wired