Literature: What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years
- Automobiles will be cheaper than horses are today. Farmers will own automobile hay-wagons, automobile truck-wagons, plows, harrows and hay-rakes. A one-pound motor in one of these vehicles will do the work of a pair of horses or more. Children will ride in automobile sleighs in winter. Automobiles will have been substituted for every horse vehicle now known. There will be, as already exist today, automobile hearses, automobile police patrols, automobile ambulances, automobile street sweepers.
- Expanded States of America: The article predicts that Mexico, Nicaragua, and many other Central and South American countries would have willingly joined the USA to escape European expansionism. This, naturally, did not happen. On the other hand, the article's low guess on the population of America is very close to the reality (350,000,000).
- Futuristic Superhighway: This article predicted that cars would travel on underground or overhead roads, leaving the streets clear.
- I Want My Jetpack: Where are those lightning-throwing blimps??
- Reality Is Unrealistic: Some people originally believed this article to be fake because the accurate predictions were too good.
- A lot of the predictions are correct in basic idea, but not in how they are actually implemented. For instance, fast food and home delivery are both predicted more or less accurately, but the writer at the time believed they would be delivered via "pneumatic tubes" rather than by car, and that such establishments would use actual dishes, rather than the paper/plastic/cardboard disposables most fast food restaurants provide. As a general rule, while the article is mostly spot-on about our technological capabilities, it misses the effects that most of these technologies would have on society as a whole.
- In some parts of the world, typically poorer areas with cold winters, heat is delivered by hot air sent from a centralized location.