2012 – The Future Is Now (Part 1)

Robby and Morpheus, Forbidden Planet 1956

There are plenty of predictions for 2012, mainly involving the worlds end. These predictions are all over the main stream media at the moment, there has even been a blockbuster movie made about this year (although not a very good one, plot loop holes, impossible scenarios, crap acting), this movie saw John Cusack trying to save his family while the world falls apart around him, the end. (Right I just saved you an hour and a half of your life, let’s continue).

But that’s not what this post is about, (I will be looking at crap movies and the end of the world at another time). This is about how people from years past thought technology and our lifestyles would have advanced from 10, 20 even 50 years ago.

20 12, still sounds futuristic when I say it today. Even saying “In the year 2000” sounds like I am talking about the future, but I’m not, that was 12 years ago and is in the past, what i want to know is where is my robot butler, my hover board or even my flying car. We were promised so much as children and here I am today with none of these things. So how far did people believe we would have advanced and how far have we actually come?


The 1950’s

In the 1950’s the world was recovering from war, the cold war was warming up and new types of technologies were being discovered and imbedded into daily life. This let the imaginations of our grandparents run wild with possibilities and what ifs. TV was becoming more popular and more an more house holds were tuning in to see what the next big thing was going to be.

One thing that has stood out to me while researching this post is that just like today no one wanted to do the cleaning. In one prediction today’s modern women no longer had to hoover the house or wash the pots. Instead the furniture in our houses are made from a synthetic fabric that makes everything water proof, so all the housewife has to do is pull out the hose and wash everything down, once the room is drenched she can use a blast of warm air to dry off the furniture.
When it came to the dishes no need to clean them, put them under some super heated water and watch them dissolve, amazing.

When Jane Dobson cleans house she simply turns the hose on everything. Why not? Furniture (upholstery included), rugs, draperies, unscratchable floors are all are made of synthetic fabric or waterproof plastic. After the water has run down a drain in the middle of the floor (later concealed by a rug of synthetic fiber) Jane turns on a blast of hot air and dries everything. A detergent in the water dissolves any resistant dirt.

Miracles you will see in the next 50 years (February 1950).

I think I can safely say that this is one prediction that never came to be.

The article contains more predictions of how the future was perceived, some predictions are very close to what we have today, others a little further off the mark but well worth checking out.

Hold on

This one I was going to skip over until I took a trip to my local tesco.

Corner Grocermat (1958)

It’s called the Corner Grocermat, an idea published in the Chicago Tribune in the 1950’s. The premiss is very simple, it’s a drive through supermarket. The driver would select the items they wanted as they drove around and a clerk would put said items on a conveyer belt ready for the customer to purchase at the end. Now I would have laughed and dismissed this only last month, but on a recent trip to tesco I found this;


It’s well; remarkably similar to the 1950’s prediction. Instead of the customer driving round tho they place their order online while having a brew, a shop assistant would then acknowledge the request and pick the items from the store and take them to the collection point ready for the customer.
This is a great modern twist on an idea that was first thought of more than 50 years ago.

The Future To Be Continued…

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