Publisher description for The wonderful future that never was / Gregory Benford and the editors of Popular mechanics.


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Between 1903 and 1969, scientists and other experts made hundreds of predictions in Popular Mechanics magazine about what the future would hold. Their forecasts ranged from ruefully funny to eerily prescient and optimistically utopian. Here are the very best of them, culled from hundreds of articles, complete with the original, visually stunning retro art. They will capture the imagination of futurists in the same way Jules Verne's writing did a century earlier. Every chapter features an introduction by astrophysics professor, science-fiction author, and former NASA advisor Gregory Benford.

PAST PREDICTIONS OF OUR FUTURE INCLUDE:
Skyscrapers so tall they'll have their own climate_ o_ Underground pneumatic tubes to replace garbage trucks_ o_ Rooftop lakes that serve as air conditioning systems_ o_ Clothes made from asbestos and aluminum_ o_ Mail sorted by robots and delivered by parachutes



Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Technological forecasting.
Inventions -- History.
Twentieth century -- Forecasts.