We all of us of a certain age who grew up in the UK remember nerds paradise Tomorrow's World. Sure it was fun looking at lots of hot new gadgets which would revolutionize our lives, but it was hard to take a technology program seriously that had a puffed pastry letter in its opening credits. Hardly cutting edge now was it? And falling ratings meant it got the chop in 2003.
I don't actually remember much of what was shown on it apart from the usual stuff about robots doing all our housework by the year 2000. And I vaguely remember some guy who said he was going to put music onto a chip and we laughed because we thought nothing could ever replace LPs. But most of it (probably 90%) never found its way into stores. Do you remember any of the other 'inventions' they talked about? And whether they ever saw the light of day?
I've always thought science fiction novels were a load of rot because they always put today's society into the future, just with different hairstyles. It is very hard to think outside of one's own time. Just look, for example, at this prediction for fashions in 2000:
A total joke, apart from:
1. The shoe predictions: Marc Jacobs recently did the cantilever heel:
2. These days all men do wear cell phones and many also sport Anthrax beards:
My fondest hope for the future is that breast implants develop to the stage when they no longer look like three elephants squished into a mini a la Natalie Rooney's rather unfortunate ones (or maybe the surgeon was a trainee and she got them half price):
So, I'm curious, what are your predictions for, say, 2050?
Who am I? Displaced Londoner now living in the States with my two little girlies and long suffering husband. Co-author of hilarious parenting book Cocktails at Naptime www.cocktailsatnaptime.com
My mom's an Austrian, my dad's a Brit, which makes me a Britaustrian, or possibly an Austrish?