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World's Fair predictions

on April 13, 2014 1:33 AM

A half century later, some predictions proved to be on target...

RIGHT

• “Picturephone”: Bell System introduced this innovation, which allowed people to see whom they were calling. It didn’t go over well at the time, but it’s a concept that’s an everyday part of our lives now in apps such as Skype and Facetime.

• Ford Mustang: The two-seater sports car with its long hood and short rear deck was officially unveiled at the World’s Fair and immediately became popular. It has remained in production ever since.

• Touch-tone phones: Originally introduced at the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962, this was still the first time many visitors were exposed to this technology.

 

But not all ...

WRONG

• Colonies on the moon, underwater and in Antarctica: The “Futurama 2” ride from General Motors, which featured images of people living in places where they clearly, uh, don’t.

• Paved-over rainforests: Another image from “Futurama 2” featured a machine that used a laser to cut through the rainforests and left behind paved roads.

• Jet packs: There were demonstrations of jet pack power at the fair, with men wearing them and zooming around the grounds.

They remain a mode of transport found mainly in science fiction.

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