Humans have always been obsessed with the future. The great question of “What will happen next…?” sits on the mind of everybody from a man living on the street to the richest of billionaires. Most occupy their time trying to shape current events to meet their future ideals. But others examine what is happening now and attempt to predict what will happen as a result. The results are mixed, but sometimes (and often unintentionally or unexpectedly) people get it right. Here are 25 more mind blowing future predictions that came true.
Idea courtesy of Youtube viewer Jay Dupree.
AT&T (and Tom Selleck) predict GPS, tablets, and video calling.
In 1993, AT&T put out a series of commercials called “you will,” highlighting a number of technologies that did indeed come true. Most notably integrated GPS a year before the satellite network was even activated, and a good ten years before phones were able to utilize it. They also feature a pretty similar Android-style tablet with pen and broadband video calling in a style typically used today.
H.G. Wells predicted tanks thirteen years before the first tanks ever were deployed.
In 1903, the famous author of “War of the Worlds” published a short story called “The Land Ironclads.” Wells essentially took the concept of naval ironclad ships and adapted them to land use as huge metal vehicles with eight pairs of wheels allowing a great range of motion. It wasn’t until 1916 – 13 years later – that the military first deployed the earliest tanks.
Rey Bradbuy predicted personal audio/earbuds.
In 1953, Rey Bradbury published Fahrenheit 541, a dystopian novel (maybe we should worry a bit that these are coming true…) that describes the outlaw/burning of all books. Instead, people digest mass media via “tiny seashells” that are placed in their ears and receive radio signals. Especially now that we have wireless “earpods,” the description is startlingly accurate.
“2001 A Space Odyssey “ is written in 1968 and describes tablets and online newspapers.
Arthur C. Clark’s ‘2001, A Space Odyssey’ describes the “NewsPad,” its interface, and its access to electronic newspapers from Earth in “2001.” The description from 1968 is so spot-on that it’s been effectively used by Samsung to defend against patent lawsuits from Apple. Samsung claims that the concept for the device existed well before even Apple did.
What other movies have made accurate predictions? Take a look in our list 25 Movies That Predicted The Future With Creepy Accuracy.
Philco-Ford predicted online shopping and Email in 1967.
In a video called “1999 AD,” Philco-Ford paints an impressively accurate picture of modern technology. It highlights a married couple (with cringe-worthy and prehistoric gender roles) utilizing very real current-day technology such as online shopping, e-mail, and bill pay via internet. When unearthed, it was so accurate that people claimed that it must be a hoax, but it has been proven several times over.