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Retro 1989 BBC Show Accurately Predicted What 2020 Homes Would Be Like

Retro 1989 BBC Show Accurately Predicted What 2020 Homes Would Be Like

We're weeks into 2020 and, unsurprisingly, the technology we've been blessed (or cursed) with is very different to how things were back in 1989. But a BBC programme came very close to predicting how we'd be living in this new decade:

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A BBC show called Tomorrow's World featured experts that made what probably seemed like wacky predictions for the year 2020 - correctly predicting the technology behind Alexa and Google Home; smart thermostats; and wireless charging.

Speaking on the clip, presenter Christine MacNulty said: "People will want all the benefits of modern technology but without all the cluttered and complex gadgetry that we have today.

"They'll want homes that work for them. By 2020, all of this will be possible. We'll have things under control without all of these knobs and buttons. And what's more, the technology itself will be embedded in the very fabric of the house and its furnishings."

Funny you should say that... Credit: BBC/Tomorrow's World
Funny you should say that... Credit: BBC/Tomorrow's World

The experts also said that we'd have lights that would automatically switch on and off when you walk between rooms, while music could be switched on with simple commands.

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MacNulty went on to explain: "By 2020, there will have been enormous pressure on us to cut down on our burning of fossil fuels to protect the environment.

"This means that energy management in our homes will become of critical importance."

Predictions made guessed that the gadgets in the home wouldn't be seen. Credit: BBC/Tomorrow's World
Predictions made guessed that the gadgets in the home wouldn't be seen. Credit: BBC/Tomorrow's World

There were a couple of guesses that weren't quite as accurate. One being that vanishing windows - that go from transparent to frosted - would be a 'thing' which obviously hasn't happened.

Although we do have TVs that can transform into picture frames that you can hang on the wall so pretty close.

Maybe it's time to start predicting what's going to be happening in 2050. According to Business Insider, Space tourism could be feasible by then... woah.

Featured Image Credit: BBC/Tomorrow's World

Topics: uk news, News, Technology, TV

Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]