What People From 100 Years Ago Thought The World Would Look Like Today
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A TikToker has shared predictions from 100 years ago about the world we live in today. Watch here:
The issue with predicting the future is this - we can only go by what has already been developed.
At the end of the 19th century, a group of European artists decided to do just this and mocked up a series of postcards foretelling what the world might look like in a century's time.
We might look at these drawings and laugh at their primitivity, but you can guarantee people 100 years from now will do the same with our predictions.
So let's put the present moment aside for a moment and take a look at these incredible illustrations that depict the world as it was anticipated to be like today...
Automatic Moving Pavements
First up, the artist who created this image thought that people would ditch their usual mode of transport and instead get around thanks to automated moving sidewalks.
Little did they know that we'd all have cars, motorbikes, scooters and Ubers available at the click of a button.
Personal Air Balloons
Who needs Jesus when you can walk on water with your own personal hot air balloon, am I right?
To be fair, the human race still hasn't mastered how to walk on water - but do we really need to when we've got commercial flights and jet skis?
Perhaps the most bonkers of them all is this unbelievably cruel Whale Bus, which sees a carriage strapped to the belly of a whale so that people can travel underwater.
You can only imagine what animal activists would have to say about this invention if it were proposed today.
Weather Controlling Machines
This one's kind of accurate in that China has developed a way to 'seed' clouds and make it rain.
However, the weather control machine depicted by the artist was clearly made at a time when the industrial revolution was still in its infancy - it looks suspiciously like one half of a steam train.
Plus, you know, the ability to chase the storm clouds away would be far outweighed by the impact this sort of device would have on the environment.
Speaking about the weather, another forecast was that humanity will have built roofs over all of its major cities in order to protect people from the wind and rain.
Clearly the person who came up with this idea had absolutely no concern for the neighbouring towns and villages - flooding is bad enough as it is.
It's hard to imagine a time before the internet was a thing, let alone when the only way a kid could learn was through... just books.
The artist behind this image assumed we'd move away from this form of education thanks to a machine that digests books and implants the information into students' heads.
To be fair, that would've made exams a helluva lot easier.
This postcard isn't the only thing that made this prediction - even Blade Runner foresaw flying taxis in our future.
But alas, we still haven't reached that point. The closest we've got is self-driving cars and even these are still in development.
As said by David Justinn in his video: "They thought we would have flying taxis, which I really do hope we get one day."
Hats off to the creator of this image, who hit the nail on the head with their video phone concept.
Okay, so it's not an iPhone - but other than that they certainly captured a significant technology that is used today.
Copy: Daisy Philipson