These are actually pretty good…considerably better than the typical what-the-future-will-be-like article attempting to make predictions over such a wide span of time. Bear in mind that the year 1900 was:
–3 years before the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight
–8 years before the introduction of the Ford Model “T”
–28 years before penicillin
–6 years before the vacuum tube (which enabled true long-distance telephony)
–4 years after the public announcement of Marconi’s early work on wireless communications, but 19 years prior to the introduction of commercial radio broadcasting
Quite a few misses in the article, obviously, but overall a pretty good piece of work by the author, John Elfreth Watkins, Jr. I couldn’t find anything about him on the web, but his father was apparently a civil engineer focused on railroads.
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