The Space Age Never Looked Brighter Than It Did in the Mid-1960s

At the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair, everything was Space Age. From the designs and architecture to the machines and rides, it seemed to everybody that the future was in outer space. Here are some incredible pictures that capture the way we imagined tomorrow — in space. » 2/27/14 4:10pm 2/27/14 4:10pm

50 years ago, Isaac Asimov predicted what 2014 would look like

Fifty years ago, the 1964 World's Fair got Isaac Asimov to thinking about just what 2014 would look like, and he wrote up his predictions in an essay for The New York Times. It's a mixed-bag that includes early forecasts of GPS, microwave dinners, and a dead-on summation of our relationship with robots ("Robots will… » 1/02/14 7:40am 1/02/14 7:40am

Where the Future Came From: A Trip Through the 1893 Chicago World's Fair

What would you do if you had a time machine? Go watch the ancient Egyptian pyramids being built? Hang out with Jesus and turn some water into wine? Kill Hitler, maybe? These are all, no doubt, noble endeavors. But I've often said—and I stand by this—that if I had a time machine, I'd go visit the 1893 World's Fair in… » 7/12/13 3:33pm 7/12/13 3:33pm

A Beautiful Look at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, When The Future Was…

If there was a high point for Space Age excitement about all things futuristic and shiny, it might well have been the 1962 Seattle World's Fair, at which we would be promised such great things as the Bubbleator Time Machine. Women dressed in skimpy outer space outfits posed in the Girls of the Galaxy revue, a monorail… » 12/08/11 4:00pm 12/08/11 4:00pm

Cyber Lincoln has traveled four score and seven years into the past to…

In the wake of a rancorous national election, the future's sent us a savior: a cyborg Abraham Lincoln. CyberAbe will appeal to the better angels of our nature with rousing rhetoric and a stovetop hat that transforms into a bazooka. » 11/06/10 7:00am 11/06/10 7:00am

Bell Telephone Indoctrinates Teens at Seattle World's Fair

Two peppy, Aryan teenagers learn how tomorrow's communication technology will help us live happily ever after in "Century 21 Calling," a Bell Telephone promo film shot at the Seattle World's Fair in 1964. After disembarking the monorail, the kids run through the fairgrounds, gawking at foreigners and passing up the… » 1/08/08 12:40pm 1/08/08 12:40pm