Category Archives: Yesterday’s Futures

Inventing and Fumbling the Future

Thirty-five years ago this week, Apple introduced a computer that changed the way people communicated with their electronic devices, using graphical icons and visual indicators rather than punched cards or text-based commands. On January 19, 1983, Apple introduced Lisa, a … Continue reading

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H.G. Wells on the Future

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The trouble with predictions: we know where we want to go but futurists don’t know how to get there

From the Pew Research Center: More than 30 years ago, the Institute for the Future, a Silicon Valley think tank, produced a book-length report on the development and potential impacts of electronic information technologies. What’s impressive is how much the … Continue reading

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The Present is Not What it Used to Be: Asimov’s 1964 Predictions for 2014

Visit to the World’s Fair of 2014 The New York Times August 16, 1964 By ISAAC ASIMOV The New York World’s Fair of 1964 is dedicated to “Peace Through Understanding.” Its glimpses of the world of tomorrow rule out thermonuclear warfare. … Continue reading

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50 Years of Visionary Sci-Fi Computer Interfaces

50 Years of visionary Sci Fi Computer Interface Design by Glow New Media

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Yesterday’s Futures: The Limits of Our Vision

In 1969, the Post Office Research Station at Dollis Hill, U.K., produced a video titled “Telecommunications services for the 1990s.” Predictably, it extrapolates from the reality (no distortion here) of the telephone network of the 1960s. Only the transmission is digital; the rest … Continue reading

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First U.S. Moon Shot

Today in 1840, John William Draper presented to the Lyceum of Natural History of New York a daguerreotype of the “first representation of the moon’s surface ever taken by photography.” As the Once and Future Moon blog notes, today is also “the 100th … Continue reading

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