I just uploaded the last item in Yesterday's Tomorrows, a futurist essay by “the father of science fiction,” Hugo Gernsback. In his essay, written in 1926, he describes the year 1976. Those of you who believe the guys who say the singularity is near or that death will be conquered within your lifetime should read it.
Futurists! Where in the hell is my flying car? Why are there no bases on the moon, like the futurists said in the 1960s we'd have by now? Why did no one see digital photography coming? Or phones in your pockets? Or the internet?
Gernsback sold electronic components, some of which he designed himself, yet didn't seem to understand “electricity, the mysterious fluid”. He thought we'd be able to control the weather with it, and even more nonsensical things. He seemed steeped in the cult of Tesla, who had promised wireless delivery of electricity.
Coincidentally, Soylent News just mentioned a story about transplanting porcine hearts into humans, and the company's co-founder is a futurist. Of course, I left a comment about futurists.
I go into it in detail about futurism both in the book's foreword and the introduction to the Gernsback essay.
August 14, 2015