Friday, May 17, 2013

The Future Is Now The Past!

So how about that Nostradamus!?!  As a kid, I remember reading his "predictions" and trying to figure out if they matched stuff during my time on this Earth.  (Cuz he obviously was focused on my teenage years, more than any of the 440+ years, since he had his visions.)  The ol' lad wrote in several different languages, and not in any chronological order, to avoid persecution from the Inquisition.  Plus, imagine how difficult it must have been for him to describe 21st century technology from the 16th century French point of view.  This left us with extremely vague and ambiguous verses.  Yet people have interpreted his writings for all sorts of events, mostly after they happened.

According to Wiki: "Nostradamus' reliance on historical precedent is reflected in the fact that he explicitly rejected the label "prophet" (i.e. a person having prophetic powers of his own) on several occasions." This sounds like he was kinda saying that he may not accurately be able to predict the future.  All he had to do was to see a television commercial, from 20 years ago, that predicted our world today.

In 1993, AT&T made some amazing predictions, and you don't need a decoder to figure out what they were talking about.  (However, you might need to install a codec to play the YouTube video...a little tech humor.)


Currently, almost every single one of those items are a part of our lives today...Well, except for that thing where the Mom can see her baby on the television screen in that [I think that they call it a] "phone-booth!"  That thing must be something coming to us, in the near future. 

A year earlier, in 1992, I made some predictions of my own in a non-video, but clearly spelled out book, um, or more like a pamphlet

I made six predictions (All clickable)...Two of them have totally come true (Green).  Another two probably will not (Red)...and the last two are still too early to call (Yellow).

Yes, I saw the DVR, although mine has more features!  The resealable opening on the soda-pop can currently can be found in Europe.  But, I am pretty bummed that I still have to peel my eggs the old fashion way.  

As for that Postal Fax machine, yes, I did get that totally wrong.  However, I did finish that prediction of mine with "most newspapers and all other publications are received through digital monitors, i.e. P.C.'s."  A year later, Newsweek predicted that magazines would be sent to their readers via a CD-ROM.  Pffft, they were so wrong...and I totally nailed it, but the whole fax portion of that prediction still puts mine in the losing category! 

Now, I am going to take Another Look Into The Future...

Prediction #96:
As all four parents are busy working in the future, and after-school activities are totally wiped-out with the end of kids going to a building for schooling; children will be raised by friendly ROBOTS.  Now I know that this is not a real stretch as a prediction, since The Jetson's had Rosie the Robot...but this is different, cuz it is not a cartoon and these robots are from the largest merged corporation, CAN (Comcast/Apple/Nissan) Corp!  (No problems that I can predict will come from this)

Prediction #83:
CLOTHING in the future will never need washing, as it is made of thread which comes from the same flower that produces the cleaning agent found in Febreeze.  Clothing will also be designed by the costume patterns from the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series of the roarin' 90's, to give that futuristic geeky look.

Prediction #78:
All utensils will finally be replaced with SPORKS!  Really, there is nothing else to say about that, except that it boggles my mind why this hasn't already happened in the last Millennium?

Prediction #29:
People will demand information to be even more relevant, that most newspapers, magazines, etc., will be replaced with this BLOG, which covers the future, way before it happens.

...and who is to say that any of of these things won't happen?  Only in the future could you determine if any prediction was accurate enough.  And you might have a wee-bit of a wait...As some of Nostradamus' prophecies extend to the year 3797!  (Mine too!)

Tony Lossano, Broadcast Producer (TV & Radio, Chicago), amateur bicyclist, a fantastic dog walker, and has never been married to Alyssa Milano.

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