When I woke up on Tuesday morning, I expected another normal day. Work. Lunch. Work. Happy hour. Home. Heck, maybe I'd even treat myself to an iced coffee at some point. I did not expect to end up shivering, staring at rust, and dreaming about the America we'd lost. I did not expect to go to the World's Fair.
On a recent trip home to Knoxville, Tennessee, I had a flashback. Not an acid flashback (I don't think). We were weaving through the hilly streets of downtown in the shadow of the Sunsphere, a discoball of a monument built for the 1982 World's Fair, and suddenly I was there in the crowd, staring at the future.
In 1964, sci-fi legend Isaac Asimov penned a piece for the New York Times with his predictions for the world of 2014. Looking at the World's Fair of 50 years hence, Asimov imagined 3D TV, underground cities, and colonies on the moon. Many people online have hailed this as an incredible example of prescient thinking,…
It may not be quite as fast as Elon Musk's plan for the Hyperloop, but back at the turn of the 20th century the moving sidewalk was The Future™!
In this 1938 short animation by the Fleischer Brothers, the world of the future is imagined as a wondrous place filled with automated cityscapes and robotic barbers.
The 1938/39 New York World's Fair captured the imagination of an era. A great deal has been written about "The World of Tomorrow" and its cultural…