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How Experts Think We'll Live in 2000 A.D. (1950)


The December 27, 1950 Robesonian (Lumberton, NC) ran an Associated Press article titled, "How Experts Think We'll Live in 2000 A.D." The article covered the future of movies, commercial flight, space travel, medicine and women, among many other topics. Can you believe that by the year 2000 a woman may be president of the United States? Apparently not.

Some highlighted predictions of the piece appear below. A transcribed version of the article in its entirety can be found on my other blog, Older Than Me.

- Third dimensional color television will be so commonplace and so simplified at the dawn of the 21st century that a small device will project pictures on the living room wall so realistic they will seem to be alive. The room will automatically be filled with the aroma of the flower garden being shown on the screen.

- The woman of the year 2000 will be an outsize Diana, anthropologists and beauty experts predict. She will be more than six feet tall, wear a size 11 shoe, have shoulders like a wrestler and muscles like a truck driver. She will go in for all kinds of sports – probably will compete with men athletes in football, baseball, prizefighting and wrestling.

- Wireless transmission of electric power, long a dream of the engineer, will have come into being. There will be no more power lines to break in storms. A simple small antenna on the roof will pick up the current for lighting a house.

- The Third World War - barring such a miracle as has never yet occurred in relations between countries so greatly at odds - will grow out of Russia's exactly opposite attempts to unify the world by force.

- The telephone will be transformed from wire to radio and will be equipped with the visuality of television. Who’s on the other end of the line will seldom be a mystery. Evey pedestrian will have his own walking telephone – an apparatus by a combination of the X-ray and television. Electronic appendectomies will be performed with an X-ray-TV camera, projection screen and electric “knives” – the latter actually being electrodes functioning without puncturing the skin.

- In 2000 we shall be able to fly around the world in a day. We shall be neighbors of everyone else on earth, to whom we wish to be neighborly.

- The nation's industrial and agricultural plant will be able to support 300 million persons 50 years from now - twice the present population. Land now unproductive will be made to yield. Science will steadily increase crop production per acre. Technological, industrial and economic advances will give the American people living standards eight times as high as now.

- Public health will improve, especially the knowledge of how air carries infections, like the common cold, from person to person. Before 2000, the air probably will be made as safe from disease-spreading as water and food were during the first half of this century.

- Space platforms, sent out from earth, will end mid-century’s “iron curtain” era by bringing the entire globe under constant surveillance.

- Combination automobile-planes will have been perfected.

- People will live in houses so automatic that push-buttons will be replaced by fingertip and even voice controls. Some people today can push a button to close a window – another to start coffee in the kitchen. Tomorrow such chores will be done by the warmth of your fingertip, as elevators are summoned now in some of the newest office buildings – or by a mere whisper in the intercom phone.

- Radio broadcasting will have disappeared, for no one will tune in a program that cannot be seen. Radio will long since have reverted to a strictly communications medium, using devices now unheard of and unthought of.

- Some movie theaters of A.D. 2000 may be dome-shaped, with ceiling and walls arching together like the sky. These surfaces would be the “screen.” Most action would still be in front of you, as now. But some could be overhead, some at the sides, and some even on the wall behind. A little girl steps into a street in the action before you – and you turn around and look behind you to see if an auto is coming.

- Through the extended use of better plants and animals, improved fertilizers, new growth regulators and more efficient machinery, it should be possible, leaders say, for farmers to produce future crop needs on much less land than today.

- Some see us drifting toward the all-powerful state, lulled by the sweet sound of “security.” Some see a need to curb our freedom lest it be used to shield those who plot against us. And some fear our freedom will be hard to save if a general war should come.

- So tell your children not to be surprised if the year 2000 finds 35 or even a 20-hour work week fixed by law.


The piece was written by the following specialists of The Associated Press: J.M. Roberts, Jr., foreign affairs; Howard W. Blakeslee, science; Sam Dawson, economics; Dorothy Roe, women; Alexander George, population; James J. Strebig, aviation; David G. Bareuther, construction; C.E. Butterfield, television; Gene Handsaker, movies; Ovid A. Martin, agriculture; Ed Creagh, politics; Norman Walker, labor; David Taylor Marke, education.

 

See also:
After the War (1944)
Will War Drive Civilization Underground? (1942)
Taller Women by Year 2000 (1949)
Tomorrow's TV-Phone (1956)
Disney's Magic Highway, U.S.A. (1958)
The Future is Now (1955)
Closer Than We Think: Headphone TV (1960)
Transportation in 2000 A.D. (1966)
I want an oil-cream cone! (1954)
The Complete Book of Space Travel (1956)

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Reader Comments (21)

Wow! Better guessing than most articles of this type.

January 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbuzz

"Educational research far and on behalf of the children will be recognized to be as important as research in the quality of bacon"

Right. The quality of bacon was very much neglected as well, past 50 years.

No comment.

January 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTimeFlies

It had some hits, but the writer must have been channeling American Gladiators for the prediction on women. "The woman of the year 2000 will be an outsize Diana, anthropologists and beauty experts predict. She will be more than six feet tall, wear a size 11 shoe, have shoulders like a wrestler and muscles like a truck driver"

Funny, the title for that section was "Women- for president", but, he just ends up gushing about a woman who looks like Hellga.

January 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterArkonbey

At least they were right about Polio!

"Polio probably will be stopped well before 2000"

January 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterZé San Martin

Reading this is actually depressing. That's a world I'd love to live in. One where the air is indeed purified.

January 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJay

Many of the predictions are simply a little early, such as wireless electric power, which has been acheived in the lab. I suspect many of these things will be more a reality thiry years from now. But to comment on some specific thoughts...

Who’s on the other end of the line will seldom be a mystery.

True, through caller ID, or personalized ringtones.

Every pedestrian will have his own walking...

Cell phones, very on the mark.

Space platforms, sent out from earth, will end mid-century’s "iron curtain" era by bringing the entire globe under constant surveillance.

Seven years before Sputnik, a very accurate portrayal of satallites.

Radio broadcasting will have disappeared, ...Radio will long since have reverted to a strictly communications medium, using devices now unheard of and unthought of.

I like this one. Vague, but accurate of on-line devices.

Some see us drifting toward the all-powerful state, lulled by the sweet sound of “security.” Some see a need to curb our freedom lest it be used to shield those who plot against us. And some fear our freedom will be hard to save if a general war should come.

Three words: The. Patriot. Act.

January 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJack Generic

Strange mix of optimism and pessimism re WWIII: almost inevitable, but not doing the US enough harm to forestall the Wonderful World of Science!

Bruce
bam1253@yahoo.com

January 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Anonymous (Bruce)

I thought that was odd also.
"WWIII....and then...."

There's no "and then" with a Nuclear War!

I suppose the 'miracle' he could not foresee was the aptly named M.A.D.
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About broadcast power:
Were they hoping for 80% efficiency? 50%? 10%? 1%?
The few illustrations I've seen show no aiming at all!
And who was going to pay for it?
Sounds kind of Commie to me!
*****
Disappointed the Amazons didn't develop.
A silent film a century ago predicted gender role reversal.

January 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjayessell

U.S. Census Bureau experts doubt that it [the population of the United States] will reach 300,000,000 by the year 2000, but they are not hazarding predictions that far ahead.

In fact, the population of the US in the 2000 census was just over 281,000,000. Mighty fine shootin', Tex.

January 31, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterhanov3r

This article was amazingly accurate considering it was predicting half a century later. The only ones it really missed totally were aviation and food capsules, though it was a bit early on some others. Can't believe they actually predicted IMAX theaters, haha!

I was kind of touched by how much optimism and faith in America the writers had. I hope we'll be able to regain that eventually.

February 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBruGno

This article was amazingly accurate considering it was predicting half a century later. The only ones it really missed totally were aviation and food capsules, though it was a bit early on some others.

So all those beautiful feminine giants won't become the norm in America until about, er, 2100?

February 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVP81955

Right on for the 35h week, at least it is true in france.

April 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter35hours

That's a world I'd love to live in. One where the air is indeed purified.

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August 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwww.almanax.punt.nl

"- So tell your children not to be surprised if the year 2000 finds 35 or even a 20-hour work week fixed by law."

It is interesting to notice that 35-hour work week fixed by law were actually set up in France in 2000 by the socialist Martine Aubry (with few or any positive effects on employment and growth)

Greetings from France

August 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJean-Baptiste

Now a days, these type of movies are released. I agree this blog.

September 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertrivia companies Brisbane

Thank you! I've been searching for weeks for something like this in magazine and newspaper databases. Thank you for preserving it.

October 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTucuche

I wonder what the writer of that piece would say if they found out that a half black half white man beat a woman to be president? That he was a marxist, and was trying everything in his power to overwhelm the system.

I wonder if the writer could have ever dreamed that this president would take over control of general motors or refer to having visited all 57 states in his cars parade of trucks and busses.

It's probably a good thing that this writer is so old so that they won't have to see what this country has become...

November 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBranden deBuhr

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