Category:
Futurism

Fashion 2000





Interestingly, I think the predictions from farther away from the year 2000 were a bit more accurate than those that were closer!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Nov 15, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Fashion, Futurism, 1930s, 1960s, Twenty-first Century

Our American Crossroads



The weird part of this documentary is the puppet diorama and its turntables. A strange form of presentation.

Of course, this documentary also represents about the first two-thirds of the famous poster by Robert Crumb.


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Posted By: Paul - Fri Jun 10, 2016 - Comments (3)
Category: Futurism, Comics, Documentaries, 1960s, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Robot Ballet



The Italian Futurists had a thing for robot costumes in their dance performances. They left behind some weird imagery.

Read about them here.

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Posted By: Paul - Tue May 17, 2016 - Comments (1)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Futurism, Robots, Avant Garde, Dance, Europe, Twentieth Century

Predictions, Sponsored by the Weatherhead Company

World War II naturally had people thinking about what would come afterwards. Here are some experts offering us their visions of the future.

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Original ad here.

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Original ad here.

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Original ad here.

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Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 24, 2016 - Comments (13)
Category: Design and Designers, Futurism, Technology, 1940s

Spocking The 5

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Its not illegal to deface money in Canada. The banks do not like it but the trekkies up north don't care! Live long and prosper ay.

Posted By: patty - Fri Jul 10, 2015 - Comments (5)
Category: Eccentrics, Futurism, Money

Mystery Illustration 3

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This "futuristic" plane was:

1) conceived in the 1920s to occur in the 1940s

2) conceived in the 1930s to occur in the 1950s

3) conceived in the 1940s to occur in the 1970s

4) conceived in the 1950s to occur in the 1980s

The answer is here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Dec 01, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Futurism, Air Travel and Airlines, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Raspberry Pi—The $25 Computer

Last week I described the Universal translator, which used two of these computers. Powered by a USB port, it has other ports for video display, storage and other great stuff.

The really amazing part is that this working computer is only $25 plus shipping. There is a huge back-order for them, but some people are inventing creative ways to use this computer.

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Some people are using them to feed their animals, create demonstrations or music boxes. Here's the link:

http://www.raspberrypi.org/

Others are busy creating containers for these tiny computers

Here's my favorite so far.

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What new use for this mini-computer will you discover?

Posted By: gdanea - Mon Apr 29, 2013 - Comments (12)
Category: Futurism

Arthur Clarke Predictions in 1974

In this clip from 1974, Arthur C. Clarke predicts the computer will taken as much for granted in our homes as a phone. (Still have a land-line?)

As they are standing by the massive main-frame computers of the day, it reminded me how noisy they were.



How many correct predictions can you find?

Posted By: gdanea - Mon Apr 15, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Futurism

Jack Fletcher’s House of the Future

In 1954, 23-year-old Jack Fletcher showed off his new home to the media. Reporters called it the "house of the future" because of all the unique features he had designed into it. The windows closed by themselves when sensors felt rain. Lights came on automatically when someone entered a room. The phone had a speed-dial feature. The lamps didn't need cords. Instead you just placed them over induction coils installed in the floor. And strangest of all, electromagnets caused pots and pans to float over the stove (which also used induction coils to heat the food).

The house was in West Covina, CA (in the LA area). I wonder if it's still standing? I don't see why it wouldn't be, but I haven't been able to find an address for it. Read more about it here and here.








Posted By: Alex - Fri Jul 06, 2012 - Comments (9)
Category: Architecture, Buildings and Other Structures, Futurism

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