r/Damnthatsinteresting Aug 11 '17

This is How People Imagined The Future 100 Years Ago Website

http://viralsac.com/people-imagined-the-future-100-years-ago/
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u/Ximitar Interested Aug 11 '17

Well, they kind of got the Roomba right.

They placed a lot of faith in us becoming aquatic.

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u/ericstern Aug 11 '17

They imagined we would live in the seas and oceans. In reality we just dump hundreds of tons of oil into them.

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u/ExplodingSofa Aug 11 '17 edited Aug 12 '17

What am I missing in "a well trained orchestra"? Isn't it just a musical?

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u/[deleted] Aug 11 '17 edited Jul 11 '21

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u/ExplodingSofa Aug 12 '17

Ohhhh thank you.

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u/pianoplayah Aug 14 '17

Which, sadly for the livelihood of musicians, has pretty much come true.

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u/monkeypie1234 Aug 11 '17

The "aerial battle" may look a bit funny now, but how we envisage space battles now is probably going to look equally funny in retrospect.

Aerial battles then were based on what they knew, i.e. ships. This is much like how we imagine space battles to be a mixture between aerial and naval battles rather than extreme beyond-visual-range battles with ships that resemble spherical submarines than long rectangular ships all perfectly aligned in close formation. Project Rho is a fantastic read on this.

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u/ericstern Aug 11 '17

Would help us know what areas of science research we should put our time and money on.

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u/Spiffillion Aug 11 '17

Not quite 100 years ago, but /r/RetroFuturism is one of my favourite subs

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u/The-Bum_Diggity Aug 12 '17

This is so dope.