50 Years Ago Asimov Predicted WiFi, Smartphones and Today’s World Features

Alessia Andreotti
January 12th 2014

In 1964 sci-fi author Isaac Asimov predicted what the world wood look like 50 years later: in 2014. He imagined the future in a fairly prescient way. Here some of his - pretty impressive - previsions.

“Communications will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone. The screen can be used not only to see the people you call but also for studying documents and photographs and reading passages from books.” And more: “The appliances of 2014 will have no electric cords, of course, for they will be powered by long- lived batteries running on radioisotopes.”

Among the highlights: “Men will continue to withdraw from nature in order to create an environment that will suit them better” and “The most glorious single word in the vocabulary will have become work!”
Do you recognize these characteristics in today world?

Asimov, who passed away in 1992, also visualized one of the most popular NANO Supermarket products:  “By 2014, ceilings and walls will glow softly, and in a variety of colors that will change at the touch of a push button.” It’s the Wallsmart indeed!

Find more Asimov’s foresights on Open Culture

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