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    Paleo-Future (A Blog)

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    Paleo-Future (A Blog)

    Post by missingyoumadly on Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:50 pm

    Paleo Future

    This blog consists of newspaper clippings and articles from the past which speculated in some way about the then-future. For example:

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    The January 2, 1968 Lima News (Lima, OH) ran the third in a series of articles based on research by the Commission on the Year 2000 of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The third in the series dealt with life, work and family issues humanity would face in the year 2000. As I've discussed before, major social issues are largely ignored in 20th century American futurism, so it's interesting when we stumble upon serious predictions about major social change by the year 2000.

    A short excerpt appears below, but you can read the entire first page of the article here.

    By the year 2000 Americans may travel by ballistic missile, swallow a pill for a meal and wear tights and helmets like people in science fiction comic strips. Or they may not. There's no way of telling, and perhaps it doesn't make much difference.

    What matters is the quality of life: What will it be like to live in the year 2000? No one can draw the complete picture, but members of the Commission on the Year 2000 took glimpses from special points of view.

    Will people be able to learn and remember what they need to know in the complex world of 2000? Not without help, predicts psychologist George A. Miller of Harvard University.

    How will new biological techniques affect relations between the sexes? Perhaps by eliminating marriage and the family, suggested anthropologist Margaret Mead of New York's Museum of Natural History.

    What will earning a living be like for Americans? Easier, Herman Kahn and Anthony J. Wiener of the Hudson Institute calculate. Maybe too easy.

    Will there be any privacy left? Only if society takes steps to preserve it, warned law professor Harry Kalven Jr. of the University of Chicago.
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    Re: Paleo-Future (A Blog)

    Post by Lucid Memes on Mon Feb 16, 2009 1:32 pm

    i was thinking about this somewhat recently

    in the past, the people's idea of the future always seemed to be some type of technological paradise, like something out of The Jetsons

    now days...people's expectations for future humanity are pretty dark...like a cyberpunk dystopia (think alvin toffler and jacques attali)
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    Re: Paleo-Future (A Blog)

    Post by MikefromPA on Mon Feb 16, 2009 3:18 pm

    Or Huxleys "Brave New World Re-Visited" or Bertrand Russells "The Impact of Science on Society" and on and on we go.
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    Re: Paleo-Future (A Blog)

    Post by missingyoumadly on Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:34 pm

    I think one of the most interesting things in that blog is the "predictions of a 14 year old boy" who wrote his predictions for the future in his school newspaper...I will try to find the link to post.

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