For some reason, I can still remember a silly writing assignment we were given in the eighth grade. We had to predict what life would be like in 2000. Believe me, in 1964 the year 2000 was about as futuristic as we could handle! But as a young girl with a creative imagination I felt fully capable of completing the assignment. I don’t have the paper and I don’t remember all of what I wrote, but I do recall four key beliefs I held as a fourteen year old.
In the future we would not be sick. There would either be a magic pill or a magic machine or something that would keep people from getting sick. So people would only die from really bad accidents. (It would also be possible to re-attach or exchange body parts.)
In the future we would not care about fashion. Everyone would wear unisex jumpsuits, perhaps in different colors to signify states or companies or something. However, there would be very little difference in clothing and it would just be practical, not a status symbol.
In the future we would have personal transportation devices. We would get from one place to another with a machine we carried on our back- some sort of rocket pack that would propel us about thirty feet off the ground. (I was probably afraid to think of going any higher!)
In the future someone would know our whereabouts at all times. We would wear a badge or implant or something that located us, protected us, and allowed us to communicate with others anytime we wanted.
Well, I suppose one out of four isn’t bad! I wonder what this generation thinks the year 2050 will be like.