I found this while stumbling today and had a good laugh. It's a list of predictions from the supposed "wisest and most careful men in our greatest institutions of science and learning" in 1900 about what America would look like 100 years later. Some of the predictions are, not surprisingly, flat out wrong and fail to predict some crucial technological trends, but a good deal of the foresights are amazingly accurate. Like: "Giant guns will shoot twenty-five miles or more, and will hurl anywhere within such a radius shells exploding and destroying whole cities. Submarine boats submerged for days will be capable of wiping a whole navy off the face of the deep. Balloons and flying machines will carry telescopes of one-hundred-mile vision with camera attachments, photographing an enemy within that radius." "Man will See Around the World. Persons and things of all kinds will be brought within focus of cameras connected electrically with screens at opposite ends of circuits, thousands of miles at a span. American audiences in their theatres will view upon huge curtains before them the coronations of kings in Europe or the progress of battles in the Orient. The instrument bringing these distant scenes to the very doors of people will be connected with a giant telephone apparatus transmitting each incidental sound in its appropriate place. Thus the guns of a distant battle will be heard to boom when seen to blaze, and thus the lips of a remote actor or singer will be heard to utter words or music when seen to move." " Photographs will be telegraphed from any distance. If there be a battle in China a hundred years hence snapshots of its most striking events will be published in the newspapers an hour later. Even to-day photographs are being telegraphed over short distances. Photographs will reproduce all of Nature’s colors." "Telephones Around the World. Wireless telephone and telegraph circuits will span the world. A husband in the middle of the Atlantic will be able to converse with his wife sitting in her boudoir in Chicago. We will be able to telephone to China quite as readily as we now talk from New York to Brooklyn. By an automatic signal they will connect with any circuit in their locality without the intervention of a “hello girl”." I can just imagine some housewife doing laundry by hand, cooking over coal, and shitting in a hole in the ground being all like "Now that's goddamn ridiculous." Focus: See if you can do better. Make a prediction for the year 2100. Or just talk about some of the crazier ideas from the article, like "Store purchases by pneumatic tubes".