Tech Predictions—From 1968

Seeing a future full of computers and four hour work days
By Kristina Loew,  Newser User
Posted Nov 20, 2008 7:31 AM CST
Tech Predictions—From 1968
Endeavour's lift off is seen from the rocket garden at the Kennedy Space Center, Friday Nov. 14, 2008, in Cape Canaveral, Fla.    (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

In 1968 a science fiction writer made some predictions about what 2008 might look like on Nov. 18, 2008. Take a step back into the future with this list from Sci Fi:

  1. Online shopping: Long before Al Gore invented the Internet, he predicted shoppers would pay their bills and get their goods electronically.
  2. The rise of home computing: "The single most important item in 2008 households is the computer.”
  3. Laptop/tablet computers (and email): Ditch that dusty attaché case and start using your portable "TV screen."

And, not so much:

  1. 250mph self-driving cars: “A great way to get a ludicrous ticket—or killed.”
  2. A 4-hour work day: If you've got one, fantastic; the rest of us will be over here slogging through the extended 9-5.
  3. Automated doctor visits: Health care's sorry state might make this prediction the most sickening.
Click the link below for the entire list.
(More cars stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.