Historical views of the future

Couple of good things today. The first is something I stumbled upon looking for a reference to the economist John Maynard Keynes. It’s an essay he wrote in 1930 about life in the year 2030. It’s a good read, especially when you stop to consider what was happening in 1930.

Here’s a tiny taste.

“We are suffering just now from a bad attack of economic pessimism. It is common to hear people say that the epoch of enormous economic progress which characterised the nineteenth century is over, that the rapid improvement in the standard of life is now going to slow down – at any rate in Great Britain; that a decline in prosperity is more likely than an improvement in the decade which lies ahead of us. I believe that this is a wildly mistaken assumption…”

Click here for the essay (7 pages).

The other tasty morsel is another view of the future, this a bit more fun and time from a newspaper looking at 2011 from the perspective of 1911 (via Buzzfeed, via Sonny in Germany).

Click here to read why automobiles will be cheaper than horses, why you’ll be able to travel from New York to Liverpool in two days and why wireless telephones and telegraphs will span the world….

One thought on “Historical views of the future

  1. Love the Ladies’ Home Journal article! It’s pretty amazing how close a lot of those predictions were. Haven’t read the Keynes essay yet, I’m saving that for later.

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