Are you enjoying your "smellyvision?" Does your implanted microchip adjust every building's temperature when you enter? Or how's your portable quantum generator working out? These are just a few of the craziest predictions for 2010, made in 1999 and 2000.
The Chicago Tribune toted up some of the predictions people made ten years ago for the world of 2010 — and unless something drastic happens in the next couple of weeks, they're looking a bit optimistic.
Forecaster Faith Popcorn said 90 percent of all consumer goods would be home-delivered. The World Future Society said you'd have a wristwatch-type device that monitored your blood chemistry, while an implanted microchip in your forearm adjusted the lights and heating systems of any building you walked into. Arthur C. Clarke predicted we'd have portable quantum generators that drew on the power of space to give us unlimited clean energy.
Also: Animal-to-human organ transplants would become common by now, school would be year-round and pre-school would be universal, everyone would have wearable computers and 7 percent of cars would be internet-enabled, and "Smellyvision" would allow you to smell cooking shows.
The funny part is, Tribune columnist Eric Zorn starts out by saying these predictions are all for "the next ten years" — without mentioning they were made ten years ago. So as you read the list of predictions, you're left wondering just how plausible these predictions are for the year 2020. And in many cases, they seem at least somewhat believable. Does that mean the predictions were possibly accurate, but just too optimistic time-wise? Or are we just incurably optimistic ourselves? [Chicago Tribune]