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** "{{Literature/Sally}}": This story, published in 1953, anticipated commercial self-driving cars in 2015. The story itself takes place around 2057; Sally is a 2045 convertible that had been at the Farm for five years.

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* ''Literature/CatfishingOnCatnet'' does not have a specific date, but happens in a pretty recognisable modern USA with about 25% of the cars on the road being self-driving, robots (that can't argue with the curriculum) teaching sex ed, and an AI.


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TheFuture, but not so far into it that you'd notice except for the abundance of AppliedPhlebotinum. This is often a linear extrapolation of national malaise or existing crises, so American works of the 1970s have endlessly skyrocketing crime and inner urban decay [[note]] true enough in places like Detroit, Michigan, but wildly wrong in general; cities like NYC are safer today than ever before [[/note]] whereas the 1980s brought the notion that {{Mega Corp}}s and [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Japan]] (especially [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Japanese megacorps]]) would rule the world. When the 1990s came around, the US economy recovered while the Japanese economy tanked; TheGreatPoliticsMessUp and subsequent collapse of many authoritarian communist regimes drastically changed the political picture of both the present and the future. Instead of criminal anarchy or corporate governance, there's a lot more focus on how technology has come to permeate everyday life and challenge long-held conceptions of the individual and society as a whole. And, of course, works in the '90s naturally assumed that from that point on the only murderous enemies Americans would have to worry about would be right-wing militia fanatics, [[TeensAreMonsters homicidal teenagers]], and maybe the occasional petty dictator [[HarsherInHindsight but no one else]]. With the Turn of the Millennium and the New Tens, the issue seems to have become extreme Right-Wing dystopias and/or endless American Interventionalism in the Middle East and Central Asia, occasionally spreading into South America, Africa, or Southeast Asia.

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TheFuture, but not so far into it that you'd notice except for the abundance of AppliedPhlebotinum. This is often a linear extrapolation of national malaise or existing crises, so American works of the 1970s have [[UrbanHellscape endlessly skyrocketing crime and inner urban decay decay]] [[note]] true enough in places like Detroit, Michigan, but wildly wrong in general; cities like NYC are safer today than ever before [[/note]] whereas the 1980s brought the notion that {{Mega Corp}}s and [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld Japan]] (especially [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Japanese megacorps]]) would rule the world. When the 1990s came around, the US economy recovered while the Japanese economy tanked; TheGreatPoliticsMessUp and subsequent collapse of many authoritarian communist regimes drastically changed the political picture of both the present and the future. Instead of criminal anarchy or corporate governance, there's a lot more focus on how technology has come to permeate everyday life and challenge long-held conceptions of the individual and society as a whole. And, of course, works in the '90s naturally assumed that from that point on the only murderous enemies Americans would have to worry about would be right-wing militia fanatics, [[TeensAreMonsters homicidal teenagers]], and maybe the occasional petty dictator [[HarsherInHindsight but no one else]]. With the Turn of the Millennium and the New Tens, the issue seems to have become extreme Right-Wing dystopias and/or endless American Interventionalism in the Middle East and Central Asia, occasionally spreading into South America, Africa, or Southeast Asia.


* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' averts this by using contemporary technology (such as interactive whiteboards and digital picture frames), although fans who aren't familiar with the technology have mistaken it for this trope (WordOfGod is that it takes place in 2011, the same year it was released). The only exception may or may not be Sayaka's UsefulNotes/{{MP3}} player which can also snap open and play conventional UsefulNotes/{{Compact Disc}}s. It's stated that the presence of the {{Masquerade}} has accelerated technological development to some degree.

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' averts this by using contemporary yet not entirely widespread technology (such as interactive and plastering it everywhere. Interactive whiteboards and digital picture frames), although fans who aren't familiar with frames already existed back in 2011 when the technology have mistaken it for this trope (WordOfGod series was released, but they were and still are quite expensive to be used at a large scale; in ''Madoka Magica'', they were everywhere and had already displaced plain whiteboards and picture frames. WordOfGod is that it takes place in 2011, the same year it was released). released. The only exception may or may not be Sayaka's UsefulNotes/{{MP3}} player which can also snap open and play conventional UsefulNotes/{{Compact Disc}}s.Disc}}s, which looks pretty sleek but was very much plausible state-of-the-art technology for 2011. It's stated that the presence of the {{Masquerade}} has accelerated technological development to some degree.


* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' has a creepy OpeningNarration that states "present day, present time", but it's obvious by the cell-phone-esque [=HandyNAVIs=] and the existence of a {{Cyberspace}} that this is not the case. This is a direct ShoutOut to ''Series/MaxHeadroom'''s original opening. There are however some indications that it actually takes place in an AlternateUniverse.

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* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'' has a creepy OpeningNarration that states "present day, present time", but it's obvious by the cell-phone-esque [=iPhone=]-like [=HandyNAVIs=] and the existence of a {{Cyberspace}} that this is was not the case.case for its launch year of 1997 -- if anything, it looks much more like the world as it actually developed by 2020. This is a direct ShoutOut to ''Series/MaxHeadroom'''s original opening. There are however some indications that it actually takes place in an AlternateUniverse.


* The now famous "Advertising/NineteenEightyFour" ad from Apple to promote their new Macintosh during the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl of, you guessed it, 1984. The ad depicts what would happen to the world had the Macintosh not been made in time and then IBM being displayed as a Big Brother expy on a giant television screen -- nobody could ever predict at the moment the great restructuring of IBM's that happened around 2000, when the company reinvented itself as the big corporate friend of the hacker community.

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* The now famous "Advertising/NineteenEightyFour" ad from Apple to promote their new Macintosh during the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl of, you guessed it, 1984. The ad depicts what would happen to the world had the Macintosh not been made in time and then IBM being displayed as a Big Brother expy on a giant television screen -- nobody could ever predict at the moment the great restructuring of IBM's IBM that happened around 2000, when the company reinvented itself as the big corporate friend of the hacker community.


* The now famous "Advertising/NineteenEightyFour" ad from Apple to promote their new Macintosh during the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl of, you guessed it, 1984. The ad depicts what would happen to the world had the Macintosh not been made in time and then IBM being displayed as a Big Brother expy on a giant television screen.

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* The now famous "Advertising/NineteenEightyFour" ad from Apple to promote their new Macintosh during the UsefulNotes/SuperBowl of, you guessed it, 1984. The ad depicts what would happen to the world had the Macintosh not been made in time and then IBM being displayed as a Big Brother expy on a giant television screen.screen -- nobody could ever predict at the moment the great restructuring of IBM's that happened around 2000, when the company reinvented itself as the big corporate friend of the hacker community.


** For the record, you could smoke in the police station, there were a few gags about non-existent sequels to famous movies (''Franchise/BackToTheFuture [[RidiculousFutureSequelization VI]]'', etc.), and by the TV movies they had video-phones... but the cars still looked distinctively Eighties. At the time, they were using the most aerodynamic and "futuristic" looking cars they could get.

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** For the record, you could smoke in the police station, there were a few gags about non-existent sequels to famous movies (''Franchise/BackToTheFuture [[RidiculousFutureSequelization [[RidiculousFutureSequelisation VI]]'', etc.), and by the TV movies they had video-phones... but the cars still looked distinctively Eighties. At the time, they were using the most aerodynamic and "futuristic" looking cars they could get.


* The UsefulNotes/NeoGeo and UsefulNotes/{{Super N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES game ''Super Baseball 2020'' was released in 1991 and predicted that we will have baseball with humans playing alongside robots in that year. As of this writing in 2020, it doesn't look like that's going to happen.

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* The UsefulNotes/NeoGeo and UsefulNotes/{{Super N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES game ''Super Baseball 2020'' was released in 1991 and predicted that we will have baseball with humans playing alongside robots in that year. As It is 2020 at the time of this writing in 2020, it doesn't look like that's going to happen.though, and there still are not any baseball-playing robots.


* The UsefulNotes/NeoGeo and UsefulNotes/{{Super N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES game ''Super Baseball 2020'' was released in 1991 and predicted that we will have baseball with humans playing alongside robots in that year. Still no signs of baseball-playing robots as of 2019, though.

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* The UsefulNotes/NeoGeo and UsefulNotes/{{Super N|intendoEntertainmentSystem}}ES game ''Super Baseball 2020'' was released in 1991 and predicted that we will have baseball with humans playing alongside robots in that year. Still no signs As of baseball-playing robots as of 2019, though.this writing in 2020, it doesn't look like that's going to happen.


See also NextSundayAD, which is completely indistinguishable from the present, but claims to be happening in the future anyway. How much AppliedPhlebotinum it takes to flip NextSundayAD into full-scale Twenty Minutes into the Future is an interesting question, since many stories employing fictional technology are actually set in the ''present''. Can result in IWantMyJetpack if the writers set the work not sufficiently far into the future, and the year the work was set in comes in real life without any of the new technology it featured. Compare to UrbanFantasy as the magical version. If you want to know a "reversed" version of this trope (futuristic technology in the past), see SchizoTech. Inverted by TwentyMinutesIntoThePast.

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See also NextSundayAD, which is completely indistinguishable from the present, but claims to be happening in the future anyway. How much AppliedPhlebotinum it takes to flip NextSundayAD into full-scale Twenty Minutes into the Future is an interesting question, since many stories employing fictional technology are actually set in the ''present''. Can result in IWantMyJetpack if the writers set the work not sufficiently far into the future, and the year the work was set in comes in real life without any of the new technology it featured. Compare to UrbanFantasy as the magical version. If you want to know a more "reversed" version of this trope (futuristic technology in the past), see SchizoTech. Inverted by TwentyMinutesIntoThePast.


See also NextSundayAD, which is completely indistinguishable from the present, but claims to be happening in the future anyway. How much AppliedPhlebotinum it takes to flip NextSundayAD into full-scale Twenty Minutes into the Future is an interesting question, since many stories employing fictional technology are actually set in the ''present''. Can result in IWantMyJetpack if the writers set the work not sufficiently far into the future, and the year the work was set in comes in real life without any of the new technology it featured. Compare to UrbanFantasy as the magical version. Inverted by TwentyMinutesIntoThePast.

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See also NextSundayAD, which is completely indistinguishable from the present, but claims to be happening in the future anyway. How much AppliedPhlebotinum it takes to flip NextSundayAD into full-scale Twenty Minutes into the Future is an interesting question, since many stories employing fictional technology are actually set in the ''present''. Can result in IWantMyJetpack if the writers set the work not sufficiently far into the future, and the year the work was set in comes in real life without any of the new technology it featured. Compare to UrbanFantasy as the magical version. If you want to know a "reversed" version of this trope (futuristic technology in the past), see SchizoTech. Inverted by TwentyMinutesIntoThePast.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'' was set in a futuristic '''House of Next Tuesday'''.

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* AudioPlay/ReverseTransmission: The audio play takes place close enough that Coca-Cola and Pepsi are still relevant products, but far enough to be cyberpunk-lite.
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