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Predictions On This Year From 25 Years Ago

How's your year going so far?  Yes I know, you're ready for winter to end, but other than that?

If you haven't heard about this yet, back on April 3rd 1988, the "Los Angeles Times Magazine" had a cover story predicting what life would be like in 2013.  
 
A class at USC is looking back to see how accurate the predictions were, here are five things the article got right.
  
#1.)  Every car would have a computer in it, and be able to drive itself.  Cars have had computer systems for years . . . and there are self-parking cars, as well as the Google Car that drives itself. 
 
#2.)  Computer navigation systems for driving . . . similar to GPS.  
 
#3.)  Video chat systems . . . like Skype.
 
#4.)  A, quote, "personal portable computer about the size of a three-by-five card" . . . which sounds a lot like a smartphone.    
 
#5.)  Schools with satellite campuses connected over computer networks . . . and computer screens for walls.  Most colleges offer long-distance and online courses now . . . and wall-mounted "Smart boards" are part of many classrooms.
 
Now here are three predictions the experts MISSED on 25 years ago.
 
#1.)  Robot cooks and maids.  They thought those would hit the market in the late 1990s and be common by now.  Other than Roomba vacuum cleaners, we're still waiting. 
 
#2.)  Hover cars.  Experts said that magnetism would be used to lift cars off the road for a smoother ride . . . That hasn't happened, but apparently the technology is expected to be ready soon. 
 
#3.)  Robot pets. 
 


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03/20/2013 7:16AM
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