Foretelling the future is becoming a popular--& highly paid--business. But few soothsayers will ever be able to equal the record of Jules Verne in predicting what's ahead for the World.
First & foremost among all science-fiction writers, Verne reached the peak of his writing career before the start of the 20th century. In his books, he prophesied atomic submarines, the military tank, skyscrapers, aircraft, television, earth-moving machines, talking pictures, & a host of other modern inventions.--And not only did he predict them, he explained how they would work.
Old Mother Shipton, (1488-1561) the ancient prophetess of Knaresborough North Yorkshire was born in a cave. She was misshapen "with big bones and large bogging eyes" But boggling into the future she foresaw the following phenomena…
Ships of steel:
One other prediction is close enough, but is said by researchers, to have been tinkered with—obviously—by Victorian Students:
"The world then to an end will come
Some Poor Predictions
As we approach the year 2000, certain traditional millennial activities have already begun. Not the least of these are the experts' prognostications about what the next years will bring. As a public service, we at the Institute of Expertology are pleased to make available a select number of predictions by those who foresaw what was destined to happen this century.
"Man will not fly for fifty years."--Wilbur Wright, to his brother Orville, 1901.
"The actual building of roads devoted to motor cars is not for the near future, in spite of the many rumors to that effect."--Harper's Weekly, Aug. 2, 1902.
"Video won't be able to hold onto any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring into a plywood box every night."--Darryl F. Zanuck, head of 20th Century-Fox Studios, around 1946.
"Nuclear powered vacuum cleaners will probably be a reality in ten years."--Albert Lewyt, president of the Lewyt Vacuum Cleaner Corp., quoted in the New York Times, June 10, 1955.
"Castro in Cuba will be overthrown within months."-- Kiplinger Washington Letter, Feb. 18, 1961.
"I'll have my first Zambian astronaut on the Moon by 1965…. We are using my own firing system, derived from the catapult."--Edward Mukaka Nkoloso, director-general of the Zambia National Academy of Space Research, Nov. 3, 1964.
"Castro's finished. It's just a question of how quickly it happens."--Richard Perle, former assistant secretary of defense, "Larry King Live," March 4, 1991.