What people in 1900 thought the year 2000 would look like

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    Oct 06, 2015 2:33 PM GMT
    There are few things as fascinating as seeing what people in the past dreamed about the future.

    "France in the Year 2000" is one example. The series of paintings, made by Jean-Marc Côté and other French artists in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910, shows artist depictions of what life might look like in the year 2000. The first series of images were printed and enclosed in cigarette and cigar boxes around the time of the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris, according to the Public Domain Review, then later turned into postcards.

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  • metta

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    Oct 06, 2015 7:45 PM GMT
    Notice that most of it is a positive outlook on the future. Science fiction writers used to be like that until at one point the future became very negative. It would be interesting to see what people today think the future would look like a 100 years from now. I have a feeling that there would be positive and negative aspects of it, possibly not even including humans.


    So what will the future look like in 100 years from today?


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    Oct 06, 2015 8:13 PM GMT
    My Guess of the future:

    I would hope that there would be an World Wide ban on dangerous on chemicals that damage the environment and the health of humans. Huge advancements in medicine and technology....maybe even a transporter. There will be humans that will be living on other local planets and/or ships (like star trek). There will be no more glaciers and a lot less animals and plant life on Earth. Florida will be a Floating State where everything is built on the water.
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    Oct 07, 2015 4:16 AM GMT
    2100: Now that Obama and the democrats are letting Iran have nuclear weapons and plenty of money to build them:

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    Oct 07, 2015 4:34 AM GMT
    American religious theocracy shortly, followed by a huge civil war, where science wins and guns are banned. Southern states lose due to lack of water.

    Middle east becomes large pockets of glass in several areas, including MECCA (ironically nuked by a muslim state as offensive self defence).

    Farming becomes the main occupation of many people once again. Large population decline as boomers die out, and are barely replaced. Africa left to rot by westerners on its own (which with lack of interference, actually breaks it up into several viable city states funded by the chinese, who impose technology and language training in mandarin, making them useful)

    Robot revolution arises and luddites do their best to smite the corporations using them. Corporations give up after continuous arson and surrender...wage controls put in place instead. Huge wealth gap as superwealthy become godlike in power and everyone else live in mediocrity at poverty with entertainment levels. Traffic now all robotic and things like cloverleaf roads are replaced by level crossings as a cost saving measure, and navigated by AIs at scary speed.

    Oil becomes industrial use only, as too valuable to burn. Cheap solar and renewable electric replaces all fuels. Space reflectors in place after initial reluctance, brought on by chinese use and massive advantage gains with them. After a while nobody can remember how they lived without them.

    Almost nobody leaves their homes, as no reason to. Life almost completely online. Massive privacy infringement leads to medical isolation of sick people, and AI porn which surprisingly reduces stds to almost nil. Sex fun again for those who venture out, but mostly virtual with AI's otherwise. More blended generation families, with multi partner families of both sexes, and group living with different ages all as a cohabitating (and sexing) unit.

    Education becomes mandatory.

    Useful languages imposed on last pockets of useless economic countries by the 1% sick of not having all their serfs be able to take commands in the master tongues (english, mandarin, hindi, arabic, and neo-romance.

    Santaclaus printers replace most small size manufacturing. AI mediated design widespread. Food becomes highly artificial, printed to taste from "protein sources" (bio engineered small organisms).





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    Oct 07, 2015 4:55 AM GMT
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    Interesting stuff there. I remember listening to a discussion about languages around the World. The over all trend will be for there to be one main language since it makes it much easier for us to all communicate and do business with each other. And the language will be English. According to the discussion, schools around the World will eventually require students to be taught English. And many languages will die out. It will not happen in our lifetimes but they do feel it will eventually happen.
  • Relajado

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    Oct 07, 2015 5:18 PM GMT
    metta saidMy Guess of the future:

    I would hope that there would be an World Wide ban on dangerous on chemicals that damage the environment and the health of humans. Huge advancements in medicine and technology....maybe even a transporter. There will be humans that will be living on other local planets and/or ships (like star trek). There will be no more glaciers and a lot less animals and plant life on Earth. Florida will be a Floating State where everything is built on the water.


    Transporters, except from quantum-tangled particles, is impossible.
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    Oct 07, 2015 7:24 PM GMT
    With current theories, Transporters are impossible...*but* current theory may or may not be correct, after all icon_smile.gif

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    Oct 07, 2015 10:19 PM GMT
    It would requite cosmic energy levels and is also fundamentally impossible too to rearrange aamd transport that amount of molecules


    Also it would be literally killing someone in point A to reassemble tjem in point B meaning they would be a new person icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 09, 2015 11:09 PM GMT
    It appears they didn't see two devastating world wars coming. In 1900 people were probably overly optimistic, whereas today we tend to be overly pessimistic.

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