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AMAZING! American Scientist Isaac Asimov's Predictions From 50 years Ago For 2014 (VIDEO)


The Huffington Post | By Alexis Kleinman
Posted: 01/02/2014 11:52 am EST | Updated: 01/02/2014 7:44 pm EST

Fifty years ago, American scientist and author Isaac Asimov published a story in The New York Times that listed his predictions for what the world would be like in 2014.

Asimov wrote more than 500 books in his lifetime, including science fiction novels and nonfiction scientific books, so he was well-versed in thinking about the future.

In his article, called "Visit to the World's Fair of 2014," Asimov got a whole bunch of his guesses right -- and his other predictions are making us a little envious of his imagined future.

Correct Predictions

"By 2014, electroluminescent panels will be in common use."

You may not realize what electroluminescent panels are, but these thin, bright panels are used in retail displays, signs, lighting and flat panel TVs.

"Gadgetry will continue to relieve mankind of tedious jobs."


"Communications will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone."

Skype, Google Hangout, FaceTime and more have made video chatting common.

"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."

With computers, tablets and smartphones, all of this is true.

“Robots will neither be common nor very good in 2014, but they will be in existence.”

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and Heinlein, my favorite authors.

1979 postcard from Asimov

Of course, as Asimov made marvelously clear in the Foundation trilogy, specific predictions of the future are notoriously unreliable. Here's a postcard he sent to me back in 1979 http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/2008/10/postcard-from-isaac...

Totally Missed The Travel Security Agency (TSA) Grinding Halter.

What could 1 more wasted minute hurt?

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul


Videos like this do a disservice. Maybe if there was a big END THE TSA sign posted at the scene of the skit, this video would be funny. But otherwise, it's like trying to make Hitler look funny.

Is that how we want to use our talents, to make people laugh, to make evil appear harmless and funny? The TSA should be ridiculed and laughed at.

It reminds me of the great anti-war song where the host show (Smother Brothers) made light of the sobering message of the song. And Buffalo Springfield fell for it, probably for a nice payday.


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