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
Ray Bradbury's Best Predictions
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? (Read more Ray Bradbury stories.)

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