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08-07-2012, 08:44 PM #1
1987 predictions about the year 2012
Were they right? 25 years ago, science thinkers predicted the world in 2012 | Fox News
Interesting stuff in here....
Images 3 and 8, 9 and 14 are pretty good..
08-08-2012, 12:37 AM #2
In general, most of the SF writers thought 25 years in the future would be radically different from the present. They were wrong.
In general, the main difference between 1987 and 2012 is cell phones and mobile computing devices. Automobiles, airplanes, homes, etc. are essentially the same as they were in 1987.Bruce
08-08-2012, 12:51 AM #3
Yes they have four tires, seats and engines. 1987 Corvette: 240 hp and 6.3 sec 0-60 in a small block. 2012 Corvette base model: 430 hp and 4.1 sec. 0-60 in a small block.Live your life for what it can be and not for what it was.
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08-08-2012, 01:25 AM #4
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An upgrade in HP is pretty irrelevant to most Americans, I would imagine. In fact, people are trying more and more to slow cars down.Up above, aliens hover, making home movies for the folks back home.
08-08-2012, 02:22 AM #5Live your life for what it can be and not for what it was.
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08-08-2012, 12:11 PM #6
I liked some of the commentary in here. Some of it was obviously too sci-fi or ambitious, but a lot of it feels accurate given current events. But that's a commentary more for the political forum than Bar & Grill.
08-08-2012, 12:17 PM #7"And that is part of the larger pattern of the appeal of a new online collectivism that is nothing less than a resurgence of the idea that the collective is all-wise, that it is desirable to have influence concentrated in a bottleneck that can channel the collective with the most verity and force."
08-08-2012, 12:40 PM #8
There seems to have been an obsession with overpopulation. Never thought of Asimov as a wrongheaded partisan jackass before. So there's that too."For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land."
William Earnest Harwell (1918-2010), from the Song of Solomon.
08-08-2012, 01:05 PM #9Bruce
08-08-2012, 01:10 PM #10Bruce
08-08-2012, 01:44 PM #11
The pessimissm struck me as well but I didn't want to go there here....
08-08-2012, 01:49 PM #12
As it's existence dates back 25 years, you'd think they'd change the "ice cream of the future" reference.VT Twitter
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08-08-2012, 04:01 PM #13
I think that cars are much more reliable and deliver far better power / gas consumption performance than was the case.
That written, I view cars as being incrementally better rather than being dramatically better. There hasn't been an innovation in automotive engineering that has truly been industry changing / revolutionary since 1987 IMO.
08-08-2012, 04:05 PM #14
Also, most of the predictions are extremely vague.
Some were somewhat close, but thing aren't nearly as dire as suggested.
08-08-2012, 04:09 PM #15It's not the voting that's democracy, it's the counting. - Tom Stoppard
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08-08-2012, 04:17 PM #16'Whatever happens, we have got
The Maxim Gun, and they have not.
08-08-2012, 04:20 PM #17
08-08-2012, 04:22 PM #18
08-08-2012, 04:31 PM #19"And that is part of the larger pattern of the appeal of a new online collectivism that is nothing less than a resurgence of the idea that the collective is all-wise, that it is desirable to have influence concentrated in a bottleneck that can channel the collective with the most verity and force."
08-08-2012, 05:10 PM #20
If we want to talk about improvements in products since the 80's, let us talk computers.
One of these computers processes data orders of magnitude more quickly than the other.
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08-08-2012, 05:29 PM #21
To be fair, I should probably show a commercially successful computer released in 1987 as opposed to one released in the early 80's.
08-08-2012, 05:30 PM #22
Interesting that they predict crime would increase dramatically in #5. That has been far from the case, it started falling significantly in the early 90's.http://tigers-thoughts.blogspot.com
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08-12-2012, 02:17 AM #23
What a bunch of pessimists. Dicks.
08-12-2012, 11:17 AM #24
One of the predictions about the future that was very common (though not in this article's list) was that we'd all have video phones.
We've had the technology for a long time but they just never became mainstream. Now we have video chat on the PC/Mac for "free".
Funny how a lot of the predictions turn out to be true, but not in the way we imagined.
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