Tech Predictions—From 1968

Seeing a future full of computers and four hour work days
By Kristina Loew,  Newser User
Posted Nov 20, 2008 7:31 AM CST
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(Newser) – In 1968 a science fiction writer made some predictions about what 2008 might look like on Nov. 18, 2008. Take a step back into the future with this list from Sci Fi:

  1. Online shopping: Long before Al Gore invented the Internet, he predicted shoppers would pay their bills and get their goods electronically.
  2. The rise of home computing: "The single most important item in 2008 households is the computer.”
  3. Laptop/tablet computers (and email): Ditch that dusty attaché case and start using your portable "TV screen."

And, not so much:

  1. 250mph self-driving cars: “A great way to get a ludicrous ticket—or killed.”
  2. A 4-hour work day: If you've got one, fantastic; the rest of us will be over here slogging through the extended 9-5.
  3. Automated doctor visits: Health care's sorry state might make this prediction the most sickening.
Click the link below for the entire list.