How is 2020 compared to the predictions?
It's hard to imagine that we're almost living in the year 2020. Though we've seen plenty of impressive technological advances, like artificial intelligence and phones that unlock by scanning our faces, it's not quite the world of flying cars and robot butlers people once imagined we'd be living in by now. In fact, decades ago, predictions about the futuristic and revolutionary changes we'd see in this far-off sounding year were quite lofty. Want a good laugh? Here are 23 predictions about the year 2020 that at some point in time, people really expected to happen. Unfortunately, they haven't… at least not yet!
Earlier this month we looked at predictions from kids at the turn of the 20th century. But what about more recently? Say, from the 1980s? Well, you’re in luck, because today we have predictions about the future from kids in 1984. And some of them are as dark and terrifying as you might guess for kids who were experiencing ever-present anxiety about the Cold War.
The Billings Gazette of October 24, 1984 devoted an entire section to Billings in the year 2020. And while it’s not quite 2020 yet (we’re getting very close!) it’s probably safe to take a peek and see how these kids did.
NOEL KING, HOST:
Pretend for a second that we are back in 1999, and someone tells you that by the year 2020, your wristwatch will know how much exercise you get, and there will be no more books. Futurists made some of those predictions two decades ago.
Grace Hauck reports for USA Today, and she dug up some of these predictions made for the year 2020. Hey, Grace.
GRACE HAUCK: Hey.
KING: OK. So let me start by asking you a question that seems necessary here. What is a futurist? Who gets to call themselves that word?
HAUCK: (Laughter) You know, I'd say they're mostly self-described. Oftentimes, a lot of the people that I have researched for this project have been part of developing fields, are in tech or are involved with the future of something - the future of work, the future of health.