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What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years

The Ladies Home Journal predicted in 1901 what our lives would be like one hundred years from then. Some are surprisingly, if fancifully, near to the truth:

Man will See Around the World Persons and things of all kinds will be brought within focus of cameras connected electrically with screens at opposite ends of circuits, thousands of miles at a span. American audiences in their theatres will view upon huge curtains before them the coronations of kings in Europe or the progress of battles in the Orient. The instrument bringing these distant scenes to the very doors of people will be connected with a giant telephone apparatus transmitting each incidental sound in its appropriate place.

Others aren't even close. How about the one that says everyone will walk ten miles: "A man or woman unable to walk ten miles at a stretch will be regarded as a weakling." Or that the "unnecessary" letters of C, X and Q will be removed from our alphabet and the second most popular language spoken will be Russian.

My favorite, though, is the prediction that no one will buy or prepare food, but it will be prepared and delivered to us via pneumatic tubes, into which we will put the dirty dishes for transportation to a facility where they are sanitized for us. No cooking or cleaning up? Can we get going on this, please?



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