15 thoughts on “Futura Press

  1. Sinabhfuil

    2000 BC Oisín crosses the sea to Tír na nÓg. 1750s first Irish emigrants cross the sea to Tír na nÓg.

  2. Sam

    1961 Stranger in a Strange Land 10 years between prediction of Waterbeds and first use of visual flight simulators? Looks like it wasn’t fully proof-read.

  3. AliG

    Bit of an Apple fanboy it seems, Those in ear headphones I thought I had in the 90s weren’t invented until Apple brought them out in 2001. Just like my creative Nomad which couldn’t have existed as Steve Jobs hadn’t “invented” the iPod yet.

  4. Twunt

    Nice chart…but…

    in ear phones in 2001, seriously?

    Mass government surveillance only with the NSA? Never heard of the Stasi?

  5. Cian

    Apple didn’t invent, or popularise, earbuds. They were pretty standard on small handheld radios by the 1950s. I suspect they actually existed in 1948 too.

  6. Chamos

    Shockingly inaccurate. Aside from the points listed above:

    Sputnik (1957) was the first communications satellite, transmitting data from orbit, with Telstar 1 (1962) being the first TV and phone relay satellite. The later has many solar power cells:
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c1/Telstar.jpg

    Solar power generation itself was demonstrated as early as the1878 Universal Exhibition in Paris, with the photovoltaic effect known since 1839.

    1. Dough Berman

      It does still constitute a prediction once you realise (from the date) that the chart should show Clarke’s 1951 short story The Sentinel, which was the basis for 2001, rather than 2001 itself.

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