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13th Nov '17 2:09:53 AM Fireblood
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* Creator/GeorgeOrwell's ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'': Although there are some concepts in the novel that we'd be wise to heed as milder versions have crept into RealLife ("Orwellian" political euphemisms or doublespeak, control of information and "the memory hole", increased surveillance and "Total Information Awareness", perpetual war and war footing, etc.), the developed world in 1984 wasn't divided into three totalitarian superstates (although the Third World, in terms of UsefulNotes/ColdWar proxy wars, bore some similarity to that geographical southern quadrant constantly fought over by the three big powers as described in the novel), and the West at any rate wasn't living anywhere near the level of oppression as described in the setting of Airstrip One (Britain), Oceania.

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* Creator/GeorgeOrwell's ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'': Although there are some concepts in the novel that we'd be wise to heed as milder versions have crept into RealLife ("Orwellian" political euphemisms or doublespeak, control of information and "the memory hole", increased surveillance and "Total Information Awareness", perpetual war and war footing, etc.), the developed world in 1984 wasn't divided into three totalitarian superstates (although the Third World, in terms of UsefulNotes/ColdWar proxy wars, bore some similarity to that geographical southern quadrant constantly fought over by the three big powers as described in the novel), and the West at any rate wasn't living anywhere near the level of oppression as described in the setting of Airstrip One (Britain), Oceania. Orwell himself discussed this as more of a ''counter''-prediction: hoping that such a dystopia ''wouldn't'' happen (it seemed possible to him at the time). In that case, he got his wish.



* ''Literature/LookingBackward'', published in 1888, predicted that by 2000 the US, Europe, and much of the world overall would be socialist. Not only did this not happen, but most socialist states collapsed in the late 80s/early 90s. However, it did accurately predict skyscrapers, credit cards, and television.
* ''Literature/MakeRoomMakeRoom'' predicts a world population of seven billion in 1999 turning the world into a starving dystopia. It was about a decade off on the population and parts of the world are suffering from epidemic obesity.

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* ''Literature/LookingBackward'', published in 1888, predicted that by 2000 the US, Europe, and much of the world overall would be socialist. Not only did this not happen, but most socialist states collapsed in the late 80s/early 90s. However, it did accurately predict skyscrapers, credit cards, cards and television.
radio (the last being around the corner at the time).
* ''Literature/MakeRoomMakeRoom'' predicts a world population of seven billion in 1999 turning the world into a starving dystopia. It was about a decade off on the population and parts of the world are suffering from epidemic obesity. It also has New York City with a population of thirty five ''million''. Almost twenty years later, it has not even reached ''nine'' million.
* Creator/LeVarBurton wrote his only novel, ''Aftermath'' in 1997, predicting the US would be in a state of utter economic and social collapse by the present as a result of a civil war. However, he got one prediction right, that a black president would be elected in 2008 (it's his assassination that triggers said civil war).
13th Nov '17 1:58:32 AM Fireblood
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* ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact''. No, it wasn't.

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* ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact''. No, it wasn't. It also has the Cold War ongoing and the Soviet Union still around.
22nd Sep '17 9:05:14 AM Theharbo
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* AbsurdlyHugePopulation: Many examples exist of people thinking either too small or too big in terms of population numbers.


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* OverpopulationCrisis: Despite what doomsayers would tell you, our population growth is slowing down, we produce more food than ever, and the percentage of people living in poverty has never been as low as presently.
28th Aug '17 8:15:40 AM CosmicFerret
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* The ''MetalGear'' games have made a habit of presenting extremely inaccurate visions of the near-future (though there is also some AlternateHistory at work, since even in games set in the past the technology is more advanced than it really was in those time periods). Thankfully the year 2014 wasn't dominated by a global war fought by nanomachine-powered soldiers as shown in the games.

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* The ''MetalGear'' ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' games have made a habit of presenting extremely inaccurate visions of the near-future (though there is also some AlternateHistory at work, since even in games set in the past the technology is more advanced than it really was in those time periods). Thankfully the year 2014 wasn't dominated by a global war fought by nanomachine-powered soldiers as shown in the games.
10th Apr '17 3:10:37 PM PrincessPandaTrope
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* ''June 29, 1999'' by David Wiesner[[note]]The same author and illustrator of ''Tuesday''[[/note]] involves giant vegetables falling onto Earth. 1999 passed and no such thing happened.
30th Mar '17 8:47:36 AM LuciaMoore
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* ''Film/SoylentGreen'' predicts that by 2022, New York City will have a population of over 40 million people and that overcrowding, global warming, and food shortages will turn the entire planet into a barren, dystopian wasteland where humans are forced to eat the deceased to survive. As of 2017, NYC's population still hasn't reached nine million, and obesity from overeating is a common ailment in much of the world, especially the US.
28th Dec '16 7:19:11 AM zarpaulus
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* ''Literature/MakeRoomMakeRoom'' predicts a world population of seven billion in 1999 turning the world into a starving dystopia. It was about a decade off on the population and parts of the world are suffering from epidemic obesity.
16th May '16 3:45:13 PM falcon2484
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* {{Zeerust}}: Technology portrayed as futuristic comes of as dated to modern day audiences.

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* {{Zeerust}}: Technology portrayed as futuristic comes of off as dated to modern day audiences.
16th May '16 5:23:43 AM notahandle
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* In ''Manga/TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'', an ad for a cryogenic storage company in the 80s promises that [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork by 1997, Manhattan will be a maximum-security prison]], [[IWantMyJetpack off-world colonies will be established by 2019]], and [[TechnologyMarchesOn the billionth Betamax will be sold in 2052]].

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* In ''Manga/TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'', an ad for a cryogenic storage company in the 80s promises that [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork by 1997, Manhattan will be a maximum-security prison]], [[IWantMyJetpack [[Film/BladeRunner off-world colonies will be established by 2019]], and [[TechnologyMarchesOn the billionth Betamax will be sold in 2052]].
16th Mar '16 8:29:56 PM hamza678
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* SocietyMarchesOn: A future is shown with similar values to the present, making it seem dated.


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* {{Zeerust}}: Technology portrayed as futuristic comes of as dated to modern day audiences.
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