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Octave Uzanne’s “The End of Books” (1894)

- September 2, 2019 in albert robida, best of sci-fi and future visions, future of books, historical predictions of the future, history of the future, Octave Uzanne, retrofuture, retrofuturism, The End of Books

Over a century before the invention of the e-reader, a French bibliophile imagines how advances in phonographic technology might spell the end of all printed text.

To New Horizons (1940)

- July 14, 2016 in 1939-40 New York World's Fair, futurama, futurology, general motors, historical predictions of the future, history of the future, new york world's fair, retrofuture, technology, utopias

A vision of the future from General Motors created to champion their "Highways and Horizons" exhibit at the 1939-40 New York World's Fair.

To New Horizons (1940)

- July 14, 2016 in 1939-40 New York World's Fair, futurama, futurology, general motors, historical predictions of the future, history of the future, new york world's fair, retrofuture, technology, utopias

A vision of the future from General Motors created to champion their "Highways and Horizons" exhibit at the 1939-40 New York World's Fair.

To New Horizons (1940)

- July 14, 2016 in 1939-40 New York World's Fair, futurama, futurology, general motors, historical predictions of the future, history of the future, new york world's fair, retrofuture, technology, utopias

A vision of the future from General Motors created to champion their "Highways and Horizons" exhibit at the 1939-40 New York World's Fair.

The Telephonoscope (1879)

- November 10, 2015 in edison, future history, future technologies, futurism, futurology, George du Maurier, history of the future, punch, retro-future, retrofuture, victorian, Victorian Skype, Victorian technology

An 1879 depiction of an imagined communication device which, for all intents and purposes, amounts to some kind of Victorian Skype.

The Telephonoscope (1879)

- November 10, 2015 in edison, future history, future technologies, futurism, futurology, George du Maurier, historical predictions of the future, history of the future, punch, retro-future, retrofuture, steampunk, victorian, Victorian Skype, Victorian technology

Device imagined in a Punch cartoon from 1879, predicting the advent of video chat more than 100 years before Skype.