Visions of the Future from the past
Where are the robots and silver jumpsuits?
By Yardena Arar | PC World | Published: 16:16, 21 July 10
From Jules Verne to Stanley Kubrick and beyond, writers and artists have imagined what the future would be like. Their visions range from the comically bizarre to the uncannily accurate to the wildly optimistic (where are those jet packs they promised us?!). Here's a quick collection of our favorite examples.
UFO: A Classic Overestimation
The British sci-fi series UFO ran for one season in 1970, presenting a richly produced future where people in shiny outfits ran a well-equipped secret organisation dedicated to fending off alien invasions of the Earth. The lavishly produced show featured lots of computers and futuristic design elements, but it was supposed to take place in the early 1980s, making it far too optimistic about how technologically advanced human beings would be by then. Still, there's no denying that sideburn implants were achievable in the '80s, as anticipated.