Friday – How different will the world be in 100 years?

In 1900 man called John Elfreth Watkins made some predictions about what things would be like in 100 years time. He got pretty close in some cases:

1. Digital colour photography: “Photographs will be telegraphed from any distance. If there be a battle in China a hundred years hence, snapshots of its most striking events will be published in the newspapers an hour later…. photographs will reproduce all of nature’s colours.”

2. Mobile phones: “Wireless telephone and telegraph circuits will span the world. A husband in the middle of the Atlantic will be able to converse with his wife sitting in her boudoir in Chicago. We will be able to telephone to China quite as readily as we now talk from New York to Brooklyn.”

3. Television: “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.”

4. Tanks: “Huge forts on wheels will dash across open spaces at the speed of express trains of today.”

But what do you think the world will be like 100 years from now in 2112? Leave a comment if you’ve got some ideas… Could your predictions be a scarily accurate as John Elfreth Watkins’?!


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