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.
EM Forrester wrote a short story predicting the internet…in 1909.
Edward Morgan Forrester wrote, “The Machine Stops,” a short story in which people primarily communicate using digital screens, and the rarity of face-to-face interactions makes it increasingly awkward. Further, he described knowledge and ideas as being shared by a system that links every home. All this before radio was even a mass medium.
Wait until you see number 8!
George Orwell predicted modern surveillance.
On June 8th, 1949, George Orwell published his would-be iconic vision of a dystopian future in which three “super-states” were constantly at war, and the general population was highly regulated and controlled. A large part of that frightening reality is one that actually hits close to reality now: State surveillance. “Big Brother” was always watching in the book, and with satellite cameras, public cameras, and (very likely) the secret service actively listening, the modern reality is strikingly close to how Orwell described it.
Elena Sheppard predicted 100% (25 of 25) of 2013 Golden Globe winners.
In 2013, there were a total of twenty-five golden globe categories ranging from best picture to best sound. Even with a ton of industry knowledge and complex algorithms at your command (Elena only had the first one…), the odds of correctly predicting every category correctly are probably somewhere around winning the lottery, twice, with the same numbers. Nevertheless, Elena Sheppard did exactly that, and nobody else has managed a repeat since.
The Simpsons predicted motion controlled video games, credit card vending machines, and soy based snacks for the year 2010.
The Simpsons own a large number of predictions that came to pass. But another future episode titled “Lisa’s Wedding” aired in 1995 and made some extrememly accurate projections about future developments including vending machines accepting credit cards, motion-controlled video games, and the health-food industry’s obsession with soy-based snacks!
John Brunner comes eerily close to predicting President Obama, in 1968.
Brunner’s Book “Stand on Zanzibar” features a popular American leader named “President Obomi” in 2010 who happens to be African. The book also features homosexuality as mainstream and terrorism as a major theme, among other things.