Saturday, February 07, 2015

Visions of Futures Past

Matt Novak, writing for Gizmodo, has presented images from what he describes as the "golden age of American futurism", the years 1958 to 1963. The images all come from a Sunday comic strip called "Closer Than We Think." While many of the predictions made by the strip are (perhaps inevitably) way off the mark, the strip also had a surprising number of hits or at least impressively near misses. Even the howlers are noteworthy for their retro-futuristic design. Here are some samples.

1. Video interviews in a "one-world job market":

2. Wrist watch TV (not so far from smart phones):

3. Electric cars:

4. Driverless cars:

5. Push-button education:

6. Robotic warehouses (cf. Amazon's warehouse system):

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