Isaac Asimov's 1964 Predictions About 2014 Are Frighteningly Accurate


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In 1964, famed science fiction writer Isaac Asimov ventured a guess at what you might find if you set foot inside the 2014 World's Fair. Using his gift for envisioning future technology, Asimov's predictions from 50 years out are both stunningly accurate and perhaps a little bit depressing. Here's a look at what he got right.

"Much effort will be put into the designing of vehicles with 'Robot-brains.'"

"Vehicles that can be set for particular destinations and that will then proceed there without interference by the slow reflexes of a human driver."

"In 2014, there is every likelihood that the world population will be 6,500,000,000 and the population of the United States will be 350,000,000."

"Part of the General Electric exhibit today consists of a school of the future in which such present realities as closed-circuit TV and programmed tapes aid the teaching process."

"The world of A.D. 2014 will have few routine jobs that cannot be done better by some machine than by any human being. Mankind will therefore have become largely a race of machine tenders."

"Indeed, the most somber speculation I can make about A.D. 2014 is that in a society of enforced leisure, the most glorious single word in the vocabulary will have become work!"

It's worth noting that, while quite impressive, Asimov didn't get everything right. 2014 will most surely come and go without "jets of compressed air [that] will lift land vehicles off the highways." He also predicted that the entire East Coast from Boston to Washington would merge into one large mega city, which seems unlikely at this point in time. But perhaps the most telling (and disheartening) is Asimov's inaccurate notion that we'd even have a World's Fair in 2014. But still, pretty good!