1/Just for fun, here's a thread comparing retrofuturist art from the mid 20th century with the reality today!

Some sources of art:

1. gizmodo.com/42-visions-for…

2. pinterest.com/pin/4752705669…
2/Robot warehouses
3/Distance learning
4/Wristwatch TV
5/Global remote job search
6/Driverless car
7/Electronic home library
8/Robot waiter
9/Electric car
10/Voice controlled cash register
11/Universal video surveillance
12/Non-invasive radiation surgery
13/Robotic farms
14/Tissue culture meat
15/Office of the future with mini-fridge and computers
16/Fancy downtowns with outdoor dining
17/Beach vacation with strange vehicles
18/Restaurants with self-ordering
19/Home of the future with tasteless glass-bottom pool and iPad
20/Flash Gordon rocket ship
22/Face shield masks
23/Riding mower with cab
24/Super-fast futuristic train
25/Giant vegetables
26/Excessively large TVs
27/Modern social relations
28/Spending way too much time in the bathroom
29/Elon Musk and Grimes
30/Stay tuned for more!


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