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.
In 1993, Michael Lee predicted the Cubs would win the 2016 World Series.
Batting 1.000 as a psychic, Lee says he had a dream way back in 1983 that prompted him to write as his senior yearbook quote, “Chicago Cubs. 2016 World Champions. You heard it here first.” As you probably know, that’s exactly what happened this year.
An Anime predicted the Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster
In 1999, Cowboy Bebop, a popular Anime based in the future, aired episodes with a plot involving an “antique” spacecraft named Columbia (that looks a lot like current space shuttles) being used in a rescue mission. The mission almost fails because the “heat resistant tiles” peeled off during the mission.
Then, in 2003, the real Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated after its heat resistant tiles peeled off during launch.
Back to the Future, Part II predicted some key future technologies.
As a definitive pop-culture source in regards to future progress, Back to the Future II nailed a few futuristic technologies. We don’t have functional flying cars yet, or hover boards that work universally, but we definitely have the video calling, biometric scanners (including door locks shown in the movie) and digital payment via Apple/Android Pay and Square. They were also only a year off on predicting the Cubs winning a world series.
Ray Kurzweil has predicted pretty much every modern technology.
Granted it’s his job, but when you’re right almost 90% of the time, that’s pretty darn impressive. Ray Kurzwell is a professional futurist who has a stunning 89/108 technology predictions completely correct. In his books, he has accurately predicted the rise and use of eBooks, Nano machines, the (internet) cloud, and wireless Internet in general. But it doesn’t stop with technology. He’s also predicted the timing of events such as the fall of the Soviet Union and when a computer bested a human at chess.
Apple predicted touchscreen devices, Siri, and Skype/Facetime down to the year.
Back in 1987, Apple released a video about the future of computing called “Knowledge Navigator.” It features a touchscreen device, digital personal assistant (the knowledge navigator – a “Bill Nye” style man) and video calling. Amazingly, the date is depicted as September 16th, 2011, which is only about 18 days off from all of those features having been available in phone/tablet format.