[Paleopsych] Pixelmatic (au): Will life be worth living in 2000 AD?
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Will life be worth living in 2000 AD?
July 22, 1961, Weekend Magazine
What sort of life will you be living 39 years from now? Scientists have
looked into the future and they can tell you.
It looks as if everything will be so easy that people will probably die
from sheer boredom.
You will be whisked around in monorail vehicles at 200 miles an hour and
you will think nothing of taking a fortnight's holiday in outer space.
Your house will probably have air walls, and a floating roof, adjustable
to the angle of the sun.
Doors will open automatically, and clothing will be put away by remote
control. The heating and cooling systems will be built into the furniture
You'll have a home control room - an electronics centre, where messages
will be recorded when you're away from home. This will play back when you
return, and also give you up-to-the minute world news, and transcribe your
You'll have wall-to-wall global TV, an indoor swimming pool, TV-telephones
and room-to-room TV. Press a button and you can change the décor of a
The status symbol of the year 2000 will be the home computer help, which
will help mother tend the children, cook the meals and issue reminders of
Cooking will be in solar ovens with microwave controls. Garbage will be
refrigerated, and pressed into fertiliser pellets.
Food won't be very different from 1961, but there will be a few new dishes
- instant bread, sugar made from sawdust, foodless foods (minus
nutritional properties), juice powders and synthetic tea and cocoa. Energy
will come in tablet form.
At work, Dad will operate on a 24 hour week. The office will be
air-conditioned with stimulating scents and extra oxygen - to give a
physical and psychological lift.
Mail and newspapers will be reproduced instantly anywhere in the world by
There will be machines doing the work of clerks, shorthand writers and
translators. Machines will "talk" to each other.
It will be the age of press-button transportation. Rocket belts will
increase a man's stride to 30 feet, and bus-type helicopters will travel
along crowded air skyways. There will be moving plastic-covered pavements,
individual hoppicopters, and 200 m.p.h. monorail trains operating in all
The family car will be soundless, vibrationless and self-propelled
thermostatically. The engine will be smaller than a typewriter. Cars will
travel overland on an 18 inch air cushion.
Railways will have one central dispatcher, who will control a whole
nation's traffic. Jet trains will be guided by electronic brains.
In commercial transportation, there will be travel at 1000 m.p.h. at a
penny a mile. Hypersonic passenger planes, using solid fuels, will reach
any part of the world in an hour.
By the year 2020, five per cent of the world's population will have
emigrated into space. Many will have visited the moon and beyond.
Our children will learn from TV, recorders and teaching machines. They
will get pills to make them learn faster. We shall be healthier, too.
There will be no common colds, cancer, tooth decay or mental illness.
Medically induced growth of amputated limbs will be possible. Rejuvenation
will be in the middle stages of research, and people will live, healthily,
to 85 or 100.
There's a lot more besides to make H.G. Wells and George Orwell sound like
they're getting left behind.
And this isn't science fiction. It's science fact - futuristic ideas,
conceived by imaginative young men, whose crazy-sounding schemes have got
the nod from the scientists.
It's the way they think the world will live in the next century - if
there's any world left!
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