Miracles You`ll See in the Next 50 Years

Submitted by: buddy 10 years ago in
http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2006/10/05/miracles-youll-see-in-the-next-fifty-years/

This was published 57 years ago in Popular Mechanics.
There are 79 comments:
Male 334
it`s interesting that we always predict that the future will come faster than it really will.

take "Back To the Future," it`s almost 2010, the year that they travel to in the movie, with the flying cars and the 3d billboards, and we are no where near it.

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Female 920
But... we`re all too lazy to do this...
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Female 157
Haha, waterproof furniture thats funny, actually some of these could be done but it would cost a lot of money, like melting dishes and solar powered items. The lake on the roof for air-conditioning idea was dumb but it would be fun to have.
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Female 706
Of course the social standards are the same. They couldn`t imagine back then having women *gasp!* leave the home and work instead of being a slave to the men!
They did predict some things right, but not exactly.
Their disposible plates idea is not too far off, we just throw them in a garbage than melt them.
They rightly predicted that cancer is not cured yet!
I think that they overlook the "waterproof" house. What if you bring in a book? You`re screwed. As if everything in the house would be plastic, that would suck.
That`s the 50s for ya.
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Female 1,426
Hey, they got some of them right. The internet (shop with your phone and a tv) was right.
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Female 59
I love how under the title of the magazine it says, "Written so you can understand it".
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Male 50
I think it`s funny how they keep mentioning the "house wife" lol!
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Female 458
My plateee... It`s MELTING!!
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Male 332
They got most of the medicine stuff right at least... Average age is pretty close to bang on.
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Female 81
Stuff like this is fascinating...
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Male 315
lol, people over-estimate about the future. For all we know, the only new thing in 10 years time will be non-melting ice cream 0.0
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Male 162
If you think about it, a TV-Phone is just like the internet. We order shizzle of the net don`t we? Granted it isnt from a friendly woman on the other side, but still...
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Female 1,228
awww, its so sweet what people thought the year 2000 was going to be like.
so very very wrong.
Although, in another 50/70 years people will be doing the same things to the predictions that we make.
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Female 630
REGGAE REGGAE SAUCE http://www.reggaereggaesauce.com/
wehey dragons den was a bit good this week.
i couldnt be bothered to read all of that
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Male 236
lol im not reading that
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Female 430
Funny, they still had gender roles in place over the next 50 years, I loved the look on the women`s face who gets to hose the couch...
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Female 266
It`d be amusing if the guys who wrote this are like 87 now and like "damnit, where`s the meltable plates and such?!"
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Male 460
People in the 1950`s must have been really disapointed when 2000 hit.
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Male 623
so if they thought we would be eating sawdust... couldnt i just eat my desk?
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Male 701
hmm i wonder is the 2057 show is gunna be right
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Female 963
I`ve seen candy underwear and bras... but they aren`t for daily uses :-P
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Male 250
TV phone = QVC AND HSN
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Male 577
Male, 13-17, Western US
113 Posts Thursday, February 08, 2007 3:01:30 AM
Haha. Some of it is true. I`ve seen candy underwear...
Hahaha so have I... in a movie
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Male 49
The skycar is NOT fake. It was discussed into some detail on the Discovery channel, as well as one was sold on Ebay: $3 million price tag

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Male 204
It doesn`t work. But by the comments I have determined they have predicted the mighty Wii! Minus the waterproof thing.
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Female 1,397
I am high and I was still bored by this.
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Male 146
...My comp wont even load the pics!!!!
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Male 70
Imagine like, playing a good game, say Halo 2 (though it`s old, it still pwns) running on a machine capable of making a whopping 1000 calculations a minute!
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Female 82
Actually I did see the flying car at a Ripley`s exhibition once. Worked well enough, but it was crazy expensive and looks like it came out of some pre-teen anime. And I twitched multiple times when they referred to women as only being housewives. There`s nothing wrong at all with being one, but its just so stupid to think that in such a so-called advanced society, women would still be chained to the home.
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Male 1,370
pretty strange
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Male 2,958
They said they `overestimated` solar power in the article, not that it was useless.

And even if scientists have found a more effective chemical to harvest solar power, it`s going to be a while before it gets put to use. That would be the reason they still had low percentage solar panels in the show.

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Male 15
Also the thing about solar power being useless that someone said on page one is untrue watch 2057, scientists have a already found a chemical that absorbs every type of sunlight now they just have to arrange the molecules in the best way possible.
Go here for more.
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Male 18
mmmmm...sawdust...
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Male 2,958
IAB is going to gain a rep as the grim reaper of popular weblinks, lol.
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Male 602
Great another site in the graveyard because of us.
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Male 572
well thats great a crashed server
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Male 561
this sucks when something is linked to this site it gets like 100 hits a minute and that crashes the server >:(
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Female 878
0.o
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Male 404
Back then shopping on TV sounded like the coolest thing ever, since there were no computers or anything. Just think of it as amazon.com, except change the name to the amazon channel
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Male 30
a tv with telophone and radio that lets you order things
lets see i stream video order computer parts listen to the radio and talk to friends on the same machine
wow that sounds pretty close to what they predicted
so they got one almost right we just call it a computer
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Male 2,703
flying cars have been made, but will be unusable until EVERYONE gets navigation, then it will all be self-driven cars, nobody will have the freedom to drive their cars, just ride in them.

and "How would ordering of the television be a "miracle" I think its just plain stupid"

what do you think shop at home is? they show you something on tv and you call in (ala the lady in the ad).

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Male 908
lolakitty72 said: "Still no flying cars...stupid 50`s propaganda X("

Yes, yes there is:The Skycar

But expect to pay $500,000 - $1,000,000

that thing is so ridiculously lame in the videos...
SO FAKE looking...

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Male 908
Lets see...I don`t put nair on my face like they think we would
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Male 724
Eating food made out of sawdust! YAY

The 2k wife will be able to wash everything with a hose, because its all waterproof! ... Alowing for the man to quickly "Hose" away those undesirable bodly fluids from ... you get it.

Men will be able to wisk away hairs with a chemical compound, no more shaving! ... just dont apply directly to the forehead.

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Female 21
Yeah, I love how even with all this technology they never even considered how society might change. Notice how it`s still the woman doing the cooking and cleaning?
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Male 988
yeah well in the year 2000 scientists predicted we would have the first hover-car in 2005.

Yep, that worked out well...

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Male 285
And yet they had no forethought of a woman not being a housewife, cook, or staying at home
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Female 206
i wish we were advanced as the 50`s thought we would be...
*sigh*
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Female 1,463
oh dear, reggae reggae sauce, i missed that has n e one got the clip from it???
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Male 49
lolakitty72 said: "Still no flying cars...stupid 50`s propaganda X("

Yes, yes there is:The Skycar

But expect to pay $500,000 - $1,000,000

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Male 2,703
anybody watching the show 2057 on the science channel/discovery channel/national geographic channel? its pretty much like this, and who knows, it could be like that...

back to the future thought we would all be in flying cars and have hoover everything in 8 years, and we are far from having everyone flying. it is a very good prediction for the time period. had there not been the 60`s and 80`s, we might have these things. and its not like us in 2000`s have helped, we are all obsessed with the internet.

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Female 173
Well, we have Nair. That`s basically a chemical shaving cream. It only takes 10 minutes, stings like hell, and smells horrible.
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Female 1,784
chemical shaving cream doesn`t sound safe to me lol
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Female 155
Food from sawdust?
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Male 756
"Because everything in her house is waterproof, the housewife of 2000 can do her daily cleaning with a hose"

ROFL!!

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Male 2,958
-i found that increibly boring and ACTUALLY FELL ASLEEP while reading this. it wasnt late. and i fell asleepon the keyboard. it was only like 8:00 pm!-

Then you probably have narcolepsy.

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Male 901
Wow, they`ll have automatons making 1000 calculations per minute!!!
What is that, like 1/60 KHZ?
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Male 404
Gosh mom, why don`t we take a ride in our family helicopter?

lol

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Female 160
Anyone else read that article in that "wacky" 50`s-infomovie-style voice?
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And I stuck a lot of un-nessesary "Golly GEE!"`s in there. ^^;;
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Female 237
-eats sawdust and orders clothes from a tv phone looking thing-
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Female 211
Well, the hosing the house thing is possible. But who wants a house filled with nothing but waterproof or plastic stuff? :(
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Female 607
Anyone else read that article in that "wacky" 50`s-infomovie-style voice?
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Male 437
i found that increibly boring and ACTUALLY FELL ASLEEP while reading this. it wasnt late. and i fell asleepon the keyboard. it was only like 8:00 pm!
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Female 43
I love the predictions that they have for "calculating machines"...those that predict the weather can do "thousands of calculations per minute" and a light will turn on to tell an operator that "a vacuum tube has burned out". 50 or so variables to predict the weather, eh? Hehehehehe

Still and all they didn`t really do too bad considering...sure a lot of the stuff was obviously overly optimistic nonsense that no one thought about before they wrote it, but the stuff about communication and some of the medical comments are fairly close.

But still it was all photoshopped.

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Male 536
Mostly everything there is feasibly possible. Most of them are just not cost efficient. Like the rocket ride from New York to San Francisco. That is def. possible in todays world just it would cost a crapload, Though there prediction is true if you think of Jet Planes... Either way, Interesting link. This is sorta like the "Computer Predictions" from the 60s except more in general. Thanks for submitting this!
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Male 188
I love the way they assume that although technology will be so much more advanced, society will be exactly the same...
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Male 591
who wrote this failed at life..
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Female 1,972
Still no flying cars...stupid 50`s propaganda X(
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Female 106
yep, edible undies. food from sawdust is bizare though.
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Male 779
Haha. Some of it is true. I`ve seen candy underwear...
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Male 4,246
As if the dissolving plastic plates and underwear-candy (!) wasn`t bad enough: "Before [the storm] has a chance to gather much strength and speed as it travels westward toward Florida, oil is spread over the sea and ignited."
Does anybody else find that an incredibly BAD IDEA?!?!
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Female 3,562
:D great stuff, written by morons. I love how they overestimate solar power.
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Female 301
yep, I`ve been hosing out the house for 7 years now. The towel drying everything is a bitch though.
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Male 2,567
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Male 1,092
None of them thought about Reggae Reggae sauce lol
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Male 209
Well thats the way the year 2000 should have been.... But the cold war stopped and fast technological advancements stopped with it....
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Male 1,354
And someone wrote an entirely too hopeful view of the year 2000.
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Male 36
Someone spelled miracles wrong.
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Male 10,115
Link: Miracles You`ll See in the Next 50 Years [Rate Link] - This was published 57 years ago in Popular Mechanics.
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