When I was a kid in elementary school, most people had a TV in their home, but not everybody did. I guess that’s why they trotted us down to the school auditorium every so often to watch Walter Cronkite. He narrated a show called “The 21st Century”. The show was, at first, called “The 20th Century” and took a look at history. It changed in 1967 to “The 21st Century”, a show about the future. I found and attached this YouTube clip so you can check it out.
It’s a funny video to watch, and it’s interesting to see what they got right and what they missed the mark on. It seems to me that some of the things we see today are way ahead of where they thought we would be.
Somethings though… Where is this 30 hour work week that was coming along with the increased technological advances? The thing I’m most disappointed with… No flying cars. There wouldn’t be any traffic jams in the year 2000. We would all be driving flying cars to relieve the road system.
Now I’m asking you to think of a time you were in a traffic jam. We have them every day here in the Washington, DC, area. Realistically, I don’t think we’d be better off if everyone was flying, instead of driving, in most scenarios. Anyway, I feel like I Walter lied to me.
The future is hard to predict. I remember selling computers in the nineties. Most people were buying their first home computers. The knowledge and familiarity were just not there. People would come in and say “My kid needs a computer for school”. It’s the same as people who come into a cell phone store now and say “My grandkid says I need an iPhone.”
I can’t be too hard on Walter. 3D printers are $3500 now. I guess it won’t be long before they’re affordable and we all have one. If you try to think fifty years into the future, I’ll bet you don’t know the half of it. It would be interesting to write down your predictions and revisit them in fifty years. I don’t have that kind of time, but maybe you do.
It’s hard to believe that we’re getting ready to ring in 2017! When I was a kid, 2000 was way in front of us. Now, the Year 2000 is long gone.
Happy New Year! Have a great 2017! I hope we get flying cars soon.