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Decades ago, dreamers, scientists and futurologists envisioned life in the 21st century as something straight out of “The Jetsons.” There would be flying cars, moon vacations, dinners in a pill and a variety of fashionable metallic jumpsuits.
While many of the past predictions are wildly inaccurate, our ancestors did get some things right. Forty percent of the 135 advanced technologies predicted in 1960 to become reality by 2010 are real technologies today. Take a look at what the past got right (cellphones and the Internet) and what they didn’t (the intelligence pill and the 4-hour workday).
What the future looked like way back when

Decades ago, dreamers, scientists and futurologists envisioned life in the 21st century as something straight out of “The Jetsons.” There would be flying cars, moon vacations, dinners in a pill and a variety of fashionable metallic jumpsuits.

While many of the past predictions are wildly inaccurate, our ancestors did get some things right. Forty percent of the 135 advanced technologies predicted in 1960 to become reality by 2010 are real technologies today. Take a look at what the past got right (cellphones and the Internet) and what they didn’t (the intelligence pill and the 4-hour workday).

What the future looked like way back when

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