Science fiction writer’s 2014 predictions mostly correct


The late science fiction writer and Boston University biochemistry professor Isaac Asimov made some remarkably correct predictions about the world in 50 years, back in 1964 at the World’s Fair. The author of the Foundation science fiction series was more or less spot on with his predictions, noting the use of items similar to many
Apple products (iPads, FaceTime), Tumblr and GPS.

“Gadgetry will continue to relieve mankind of tedious jobs. Kitchen units will be devised that will prepare ‘automeals,’ heating water and converting it to coffee; toasting bread; frying, poaching or scrambling eggs, grilling bacon, and so on. Breakfasts will be ‘ordered’ the night before to be ready by a specified hour the next
morning,” he wrote, which is an accurate prediction of basically every automatic kitchen appliance.

In his piece, however, which can be read on the the New York Times website, Asimov wasn’t on the mark about everything. Regarding highways, he wrote, “Even ground travel will increasingly take to the air a foot or two off the ground.” A lot of people could’ve used this during the snowstorm last week.

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