Ray Bradbury's Best Predictions
He wrote of flat-screen TVs in the 1950s
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2012 8:19 AM CDT
1966: Ray Bradbury looks at a picture that was part of a school project to illustrate characters in one of his dramas in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo, file)

(Newser) – The death of Ray Bradbury this week prompted Hayley Tsukayama of the Washington Post to look through his works and pick out 10 of his "most prescient predictions." A sampling:

  • Earbuds: Maybe they weren't Bluetooth headsets, but the people in Fahrenheit 451 had things very much like them.
  • Flat-screen TVs: Ditto for huge flat-screen televisions in the novel, which came out in 1953.
  • Self-driving cars: He was decades ahead of Google.
  • ATMs: Although his version dispensed financial news along with money.
Read the full list here, which includes his characters talking to digital pals via "the wall." Sound familiar, Facebookers?