One hundred years ago, in June 1911, the Miami Metropolis published legendary inventor Thomas Edison’s predictions about what the world would be like a century in the future, in 2011. Here are some of Edison’s guesses:
** The steam engine will be obsolete.
** Railway trains will be driven “at incredible speed” by electricity.
** Travelers will, quote, “fly through the air, swifter than any swallow, at a speed of two hundred miles an hour, in colossal machines.”
** Houses will be, quote, “furnished from basement to attic with steel, at a sixth of the present cost — of steel so light that it will be as easy to move a sideboard as it is today to lift a drawing room chair . . . converted by cunning varnishes to the semblance of rosewood, or mahogany.”
** “Books . . . will all be printed leaves of nickel, so light to hold that the reader can enjoy a small library in a single volume.”
** “Gold . . . will be as common and as cheap as bars of iron or blocks of steel. . . . In the magical days to come there is no reason why our great liners should not be of solid gold from stem to stern; why we should not ride in golden taxicabs, or substituted gold for steel in our drawing room suites.”
He was smart that Thomas Edison!
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