Really, it's a miracle that I aspired to do anything beyond vacuuming the house...
The article features scientific predictions about the year 2000 and beyond, digested for a popular audience.
Impressively, they mostly got it right. What they got wrong were rosy predictions about transportation.
We are not:
- "...whisked around in monorail vehicles at 200 miles an hour and ...taking a fortnight's holiday in outer space."
- "...travel[ing] at 1000 m.p.h. at a penny a mile. Hypersonic passenger planes, using solid fuels .., 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."
- "You'll have a home control room - an electronics center, 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 ... TV-telephones and room-to-room TV."
- "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."
- "Our children will learn from TV, recorders and teaching machines."
And why don't we have this? "...clothing will be put away by remote control..."