The Future Is Here
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These predictions for the future from 1900 are eerily accurate

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Is predicting the future difficult? Obviously. But that shouldn't keep any of us from giving it our best shot.


In the year 1900, John Elfreth Watkins, Jr. decided to give clairvoyance a go by asking "the wisest and most careful" thinkers from "the greatest institutions of science and learning" what they thought might transpire over the course of the 20th century. And while Watkins doesn't mention who these "wise and careful" minds are, it's downright impressive how many of these predictions have actually come to pass in the 100 years (well, 112, now) since this column was written. It almost makes you wonder if the days of C, X, and Q being part of the English alphabet are numbered. (Click the image below to embiggen, or click here to see a transcription.)

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Hat tip to Courtney!