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Isaac Asimov 2014 predictions not off base: Prophecies made 50 years ago

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Isaac Asimov may best be known for writing science fiction, but his 2014 predictions made via the New York Times 50 years ago are surprisingly on point in most cases. This prophet's ideas from half a century back are not only being reevaluated in real time, but the word master's thoughts are trending as the new year begins.

According to Nick Vadala of Philly on Jan. 2, the legendary author's accuracy "is stunning."

By way of background, the Russian-born scribe who died in 1992 dropped his ideas in an op-ed piece in 1964 called "Visit to the World's Fair of 2014." In this piece, which was centered around the New York World's Fair of 1964 and its theme of "Peace Through Understanding," Isaac Asimov decided to prognosticate about the future.

For starters, this sage said, "By 2014, electroluminescent panels will be in common use. Ceilings and walls will glow softly, and in a variety of colors that will change at the touch of a push button."

Do flat screen televisions, modern signage and retina displays come to mind?

Asimov also said that "communications will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone."

How true, comments this person who is fond of FaceTime.

This soothsayer went on to talk tech, saying, "The screen [of the communications device] can be used not only to see the people you call but also for studying documents and photographs and reading passages from books."

Calling all smartphones.

And so, as Isaac Asimov elected to provide 2014 predictions in 1964, he was not off base. In fact, the prophecies he made 50 years ago for the most part stand true today. And we thought wizards were only present in fairy tales while the Jetsons was only a made-up family who lived in a cartoon. Ha.



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