I’m still sweating bullets this weekend trying to solve a baffling work-related technical problem, so here’s a new site for you to have a look at: Lists of Note. I’ll start you off with this list of predictions for the year 2000, made in 1949 by Robert Heinlein. You can take it from there.
Heinlein did a pretty good job, I think, as you might expect from a successful guy who made his living by imagining the future. (Not perfect, and way off on a few items, but pretty darn good.) Where he really scored was at the end, where he listed eight items that he thought “we won’t get soon, if ever”:
– Travel through time
– Travel faster than the speed of light
– “Radio” transmission of matter.
– Manlike robots with manlike reactions
– Laboratory creation of life
– Real understanding of what “thought” is and how it is related to matter.
– Scientific proof of personal survival after death.
– Nor a permanent end to war.
Here’s another: advice from Thelonius Monk. A sample:
DISCRIMINATION IS IMPORTANT.