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What predictions of the futurists of the 1950s have already come true, and which will soon come true: distance learning, drones, etc. 86 What predictions of the futurists of the 1950s have already come true, and which will soon come true: distance learning, drones, etc. 87

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What predictions of the futurists of the 1950s have already come true, and which will soon come true: distance learning, drones, etc.

Futurology is a very interesting teaching, which is at the intersection of science, art and common sense. It has nothing to do with predictions, as futurologists always carefully monitor technical innovations and try to guess the vector of human development. 

Sometimes it turns out well, and then we admire their sagacity, sometimes the trends are guessed wrong, and in this case it looks funny. Not so long ago, another trend has become fashionable – retrofuturism – the study of forecasts made 50-100 years ago. Let’s check together what from the comics of the famous American futurist artist Arthur Radebo today has come true.

Arthur Radebo spent many years in advertising, until in 1958, where he found his own unique direction – he began to draw bright, optimistic comics that tell about life in the near future. For five years, the Chicago Tribune media syndicate published these illustrations in a separate section. The name of the column, “Closer Than We Think,” has become prophetic. Of course, not all of them, but many of these forecasts really came true, not even a hundred years have passed, some are likely to become a reality in the near future. Today, the name of Arthur Radebo is again popular – users of the World Wide Web are happy to share his “predictions from the past”, discussing what else might come true.

Videophone - the ability to see the person you are talking to (Arthur Radebo comics)
Videophone – the ability to see the person you are talking to (Arthur Radebo comics)

A video-enabled telephone seemed close, but difficult to achieve, for a long time. Technically, people could have done this for a long time, the question was probably in cost. Today, many opportunities are realized thanks to the Internet, but none of the futurists of that time, unfortunately, did not predict it.

Instant machine color change (Arthur Radebo comics)
Instant machine color change (Arthur Radebo comics)

The ability to instantly change the color of your favorite car in your mood may probably seem attractive, but it has not yet been realized. Today, even changing the color of the nails takes longer than painting the car in this picture. Such technologies, by the way, were found a couple of times in semi-fantastic spy films, where a color change of the machine could help agents hide from enemies.

Unmanned vehicles and electric cars (Arthur Radebo comics)
Unmanned vehicles and electric cars (Arthur Radebo comics)

But drones and electric cars can rightfully be considered true predictions. It is expected that in the near future our roads will be filled with them. True, the highway connecting Russia and Alaska, as in the figure below, has not yet been designed.

Tunnel connecting Russia and Alaska (Arthur Radebo comics)
Tunnel connecting Russia and Alaska (Arthur Radebo comics)

Many “predictions” of Arthur Radebo related to home furnishings and everyday life – this topic is close to people, and modern household appliances are really booming, so here the artist’s imagination has unfolded. He guessed something right: with huge televisions today, for example, you will not surprise anyone. It is hoped that multifunctional housework robots are also somewhere on the way for developers.

Huge panoramic TV (Arthur Radebo comics)
Huge panoramic TV (Arthur Radebo comics)
The robot who cooked and served the food, and before that, washed the whole house (Arthur Radebo comics)
The robot who cooked and served the food, and before that, washed the whole house (Arthur Radebo comics)

In the near future, according to the artist, the house itself should be under a hood, in the literal sense – it’s raining outside, and it’s dry and warm in your micro-universe, it’s time to cut the lawn.

House of the Future Under the Dome (Arthur Radebo Comics)
House of the Future Under the Dome (Arthur Radebo Comics)

Probably, by 2020, according to people from the 50s, mankind should have defeated most diseases, and in case of injuries – had the opportunity to simply “assemble” a person from spare parts, i.e. organs. This is not to say that this forecast looked silly today. Diseases, of course, do occur, but organ transplantation has already been practiced for quite some time. The laboratories are making attempts to really grow “spare parts” for humans.

Human Spare Parts (Arthur Radebo Comics)
Human Spare Parts (Arthur Radebo Comics)

And, of course, the artist could not remain silent about the main dream of mankind. In his future, people fly with the help of small personal helicopters. Something similar already exists, of course, it remains to wait for the mini-flying means to come into use, and we can assume that the future has come.

Mini-helicopters are not a luxury, but a means of transporting people in the 21st century, according to Arthur Radebo
Mini-helicopters are not a luxury, but a means of transporting people in the 21st century, according to Arthur Radebo

The next few predictions can also rightfully be considered fulfilled.

A clock with a built-in TV (now smartphones are much more complicated)

A clock with a built-in TV (now smartphones are much more complicated)

An oven that cooks food almost instantly is a type of microwave

An oven that cooks food almost instantly is a type of microwave

Distance learning - the issue is more relevant today than ever

Distance learning – the issue is more relevant today than ever

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Tesla autopilot sensor recorded “ghost” in an empty cemetery

Tesla autopilot sensor recorded "ghost" in an empty cemetery 100

A Tesla electric car with an activated autopilot function recorded an invisible person who allegedly moved around the cemetery. Social network users jokingly noted in the comments that, most likely, this is some new function from Elon Musk, which allows you to see ghosts.

In the United States, a Tesla electric car with an activated autopilot function recorded an invisible person who allegedly moved through a cemetery.

The corresponding video was posted by Twitter user Ovidiu Maciuc.

The recording shows how a silhouette of a man appears on the monitor of an electric car, moving around the cemetery. After that, the driver raises the camera and starts filming the graveyard through the windshield, but there are no people there.

After some time, the “ghost” went in the opposite direction from Tesla and disappeared from the on-board computer screen.

Social network users jokingly noted in the comments that, most likely, this is some new function from Elon Musk, which allows you to see ghosts.

For many though, if you take into account the comments, the video seemed rather creepy. Some even tried to guess what the navigation system actually showed.

Some users thought the system could recognize ghosts. Others refuted this version and said that the reason for all this is an insufficiently accurate sensor, which was used for the equipment of the Tesla car.

Earlier it became known that Tesla electric cars in the near future may receive a new function with which they can talk with pedestrians. For this, American cars will be equipped with special external speakers. 

In addition, Tesla cars in the future will receive the option to change the horn and sound of movement at low speeds to warn pedestrians. According to Elon Musk, among the sounds of movement there will be the sound of the clatter of a horse’s hooves, and as a whistle – the bleating of a goat.

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Mysterious energy source melts Tel Aviv sidewalks, leading to the evacuation of several buildings in Israel

Mysterious energy source melts Tel Aviv sidewalks, leading to the evacuation of several buildings in Israel 101

About two weeks ago, Tel Aviv residents noticed that the concrete surface outside their homes was heating up and steam was coming out of the ground. Tests showed that steam that reached 60 ° C (140 ° F) was water based.

The witness explains: “I was afraid that there was a power line in the area and asked a worker to dig out the ground with a shovel. Steam suddenly came out. I imagined it was probably a geyser. It seemed to me that this was a geological incident – also because there were no problems with electricity in the building. “

Although the experts did not find any hazardous substances or any risk to the stability of buildings at the site, residents as well as kindergartens in the area were evacuated.

Officials described the heat source as “trapped energy” of unknown origin.

Work continues, steam is still rising and the ground is still hot. It is currently unclear what is causing the warming. Note the hole dug in the area. The area is still blocked.

Mysterious origins

City officials said they will “continue to monitor the temperature of the earth, which is expected to cool down for a long time, and will continue to investigate the causes of the unusual event.”

Israel Electric Corporation has not found a connection between heat and power in the area.

The Israel Geological Survey confirmed the rise in temperature after testing ground and water temperature levels, but said it has not yet found an explanation.

Despite their best efforts, municipal officials, the fire department, Israel Electric Corporation and the Ministry of the Environment have yet to find a source of heat.

Meanwhile, the Tel Aviv municipality has informed dozens of evacuees that they can return to their homes. However, residents are not going to return until they receive a detailed account of the source of the mysterious event.

“They evacuated us because they were concerned about our safety, and now they are urging us to return without any convincing explanation. How can you be sure that there is no more danger? “

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The night sky in southern Taiwan shows a weird red moon alarming netizens: 2021 disaster year omen?

The night sky in southern Taiwan shows a weird red moon alarming netizens: 2021 disaster year omen? 102
Photo by WILLIAM WEST - AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

Some people in Chiayi, Taiwan took pictures of a large dark red moon hanging in the night sky on the first night of 2021 and uploaded them to Facebook. There are also people in Tainan who have photographed the rare “red moon”. The weird scene has aroused heated discussions among netizens. Some people worry that an earthquake may occur, while others suspect that this is a precursor to the year of disaster in 2021?

Yesterday, on January 1 at about 8:00 in the evening, Chiayi residents shared a photo of “2021’s first red moon” on Facebook. As you can see in the photo, the weather was quite good at that time. There was a clear big round moon in the night sky, but it was a dark red moon, which was very different from the usual moon.

Later, people in Kaohsiung and Tainan also posted photos of the red moon they had taken.

The weird and rare “big red moon” immediately attracted the attention of netizens. Some people think that such a sight is caused by air pollution, and some people think that the red moon is “extremely beautiful”, but many people worry about whether it is a harbinger before the disaster ? 

“Hope is not a harbinger of disaster~”, “A harbinger of disaster in 2021???”, “It looked uneasy”, “After seeing the red moon, I hope everyone will be safe”.

Some netizens worry that this is a pre- earthquake omen.

“Remember the red moon before the 921 earthquake (omen)”, “earthquake precursors”, “I feel that there will be an earthquake again recently”, and “It seems that 2021 will be another year of bloody disaster.”

The British clairvoyant Craig Hamilton-Parker published his prediction for 2021 on YouTube in December last year, stating that, as far as the world is concerned, 2021 will be a year full of social unrest, armed conflict and political changes. There will be difficult times right now until 2025.

He also predicted that the biggest worry is climate and earthquakes. A tsunami will occur near Japan. Large earthquakes will occur in the Himalayas, Iran and the Americas. There will also be problems such as floods, dams bursting, and huge icebergs obstructing shipping. Until 2025, the severity of environmental problems will gradually increase.

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