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« on: April 30, 2009, 01:38:26 AM »

What technological wonders await in the future? Does humanity appreciate what they have in the present? The “Future, Present” shall touch upon past predictions of the future, or the present, depending on one’s perspective in the fluidity of time.

Future, Present
The past predictions of technology and its uses, be it in science fiction books, comic books, or even the evening news reels are now modern realities, and to see just how true some of these predictions have become, is amazing. The ray-guns of Buck Rodgers  ("Buck", n.d.) and Flash Gordon  ("Flash", n.d.), while not used for destruction are never the less present in modern society and are commonly utilized in the medical and manufacturing industries. Super computers utilizing fuzzy logic technology to create artificial intelligence and flying cars, as seen on the Jetsons ("Jetsons", n.d.) Saturday morning cartoons are no longer dreams, but reality. The “Future, Present, takes a look at how the once proclaimed future of the world has become the present reality of humanity in it’s never ending eternal struggle to make things smarter, faster, more powerful, and more productive. “Visions of the Morrow”  shall take a look at one such prediction, while the second section titled, “Techno-Colored Dreams” shall look at modern realities, in the future, present…

Visions of the Morrow
Once upon a time, long, long ago, men dreamed of what life in the future might look like, and these “Visions of the Morrow” continue even today. The most often cited prediction of what the future might hold, is an article written for Ladies Home Journal in December of 1900 by John Elfreth Watkins, Jr. and is titled, “What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years” and was found within the archives of The Yorktown Historical Society website dated 1999 which amended them with predictions of their own for the year 2000.  Within its lines are prophetic predictions of what the year 2000 might look like, and while some have surprisingly come true, others have fallen far short. One such prediction of interest is;

Prediction #1: There will probably be from 350,000,000 to 500,000,000 people in America and its possessions by the lapse of another century. Nicaragua will ask for admission to our Union after the completion of the great canal. Mexico will be next. Europe, seeking more territory to the south of us, will cause many of the South and Central American republics to be voted into the Union by their own people (Kiederer, 1999).”

 Most of these predictions did not come true, but came very close as the Panama canal did come true and while central American nations have not officially joined the U.S., there are treaties with Mexico and Canada which effectively eliminate the boarders separating us. There are plans to create a common currency called the “Amero”, following the ideology of the “Euro” currently used in Europe. Further predictions of interest shall be covered in the next section titled “Techno-Colored Dreams”.

Techno-Colored Dreams
In the last section titled, “Visions of the Morrow”,  the past predictions of what modern day society might look like were touched upon. To complete the journey of “Future, Present” one  must now look at what visions have actually came true. The majority of past predictions revolved around transportation and how widely it would be utilized in everyday life. Robert C. Post, Ph.D., wrote a very interesting essay on April 25th of 2007, aptly titled, “The History of Transportation”, which was recovered from the Franklin Institute’s website, it provides an overview of the rapid expansion of transportation technologies, from horseless carriages to modern spacecraft. This rapid expansion in such a short time is mind boggling when one considers that humanity either walked or rode beast of burden for the last million years of evolution. Now in less than 200 years, humanity has not only delved into the depths of the world’s oceans, but into the far reaches of space as well, amazing. With the relentless development and expansion of technologies, those matter-transporters, jet-packs and personal robots may not be too far off in the future. Until that day comes though, one can only touch them in the techno-colored dreams of future, present.

The future, present is an attempted to look at how past predictions of future technologies, have became present day reality and how quickly technology has propelled humanity into that future once only dreamt of. What the future may hold is anyone’s guess, but the journey should be interesting indeed. So, until the future once again becomes the present, enjoy the ride!



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Flash. (n.d.). Flash Gordon. Retrieved January 14, 2009, from King Features:

Jetsons. (n.d.). The Jetsons. Retrieved January 14, 2009, from

Kiederer, L. L. (1999, December). Millennium or Media Madness. Retrieved January 14, 2009, 
from The Yorktown Historical Society :

Robert C. Post, P. (2007, April 25). The History of Transportation. Retrieved January 14, 2009, 
from The Franklin Institute:
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