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Author Topic: 14 Year Old from 1901 Imagines the Future  (Read 2397 times)
Nadya Lev
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« on: April 04, 2007, 08:14:55 am »

Found this on Paleo-Future via Digg.

In the year 1901 Arthur Palm, a fourteen-year-old student from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, published an article in his school newspaper (the Excelsior) describing the world of 2001. Below is an excerpt of his article as featured in the book Yesterday's Future: The Twentieth Century Begins (Voices of the Wisconsin Past).
 
"How it may appear a hundred years hence, when modern inventions have been carried to their highest point of development that even Edison would feel jealous of the great inventions in the year 2001. In the year 2001 you will see sky-scrapers sticking far above the clouds over 200 stories high. On the streets there will not be any room for street cars, so they will build lines way up in the air, and there will be landings fastened to the high skyscrapers, where the people will wait for the cars. The carlines will have different kinds of names and you will see the name "Manhattan Air Line" many hundreds of feet above the ground. You see air-ships and carriages fastened to balloons for the transportation of the people through the air, and you will often see collisions in the clouds. In one of the sky-scrapers on the 119 story you will see a sign, 'Old People Restored to Youth by Electricity, While You Wait.'"

AWESOME!

Here is the link: http://paleo-future.blogspot.com/2007/04/predictions-of-14-year-old-milwaukee.html
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« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2007, 05:19:59 pm »

Oh how neat! Thanks for the link!

He's not far off, aside from the air-line idea.
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« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2007, 07:55:04 pm »

So, if we reverse this....  We can make electricity by draining old people?  How novel!
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2007, 08:48:50 pm »

So, if we reverse this....  We can make electricity by draining old people?  How novel!

Wasn't there a movie about this starting that chap from "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure."   Hmmmm....   Grin
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2007, 10:47:52 pm »

Wow what a visionary. =)

Sounds like he was a fan of Verne  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2007, 12:18:49 pm »

So, if we reverse this....  We can make electricity by draining old people?  How novel!
It may be a solution to ageing populations and global warming!
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« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2007, 01:11:52 pm »

So, if we reverse this....  We can make electricity by draining old people?  How novel!

So THAT was what Robur used to power his airship!
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2007, 09:27:07 pm »

Batteries of old people, complaining about "It were different in MY day" Or the old classic "When I were a lad/lass"
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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2007, 02:59:04 pm »

Wow what a visionary. =)

Sounds like he was a fan of Verne  Cheesy

It would indeed seem that way now wouldnt it.
People back when always thought technologies would advance so much faster than it actually has.
For instance the original movie, Planet of the Apes, took place in 2030 to 2100 around I do believe. And they were already building time machines.

But who knows...
who knows...
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« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2007, 08:26:53 pm »

I belive it's those damn health-and-safety people slowing us down. If we so much as look at a bucket of, say copper sulphate and a car battery, they run in, put the bucket and it's contents in a vault, wrap you in bubble wrap, and put you in a room of total boredom. I despise nanny culture.
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« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2007, 10:58:22 pm »

I want to be wrapped up in bubble wrap.  Tongue
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« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2007, 01:06:40 am »

I belive it's those damn health-and-safety people slowing us down. If we so much as look at a bucket of, say copper sulphate and a car battery, they run in, put the bucket and it's contents in a vault, wrap you in bubble wrap, and put you in a room of total boredom. I despise nanny culture.

While i agree wholeheartedly with your statement decrying "nanny culture," i must take exception with the accusation of the responsibility for such a thing lying in the province of "those damn health and safety people."

"Nanny culture" in the sense of the current frenzy to put labels onto irons that say "WARNING: FACE PLATE WILL BURN SKIN" and the like is condescending to be sure to anyone with common sense. These warnings though come from what i consider to be frivolous litigation on the behalf of those who wish to blame someone other than themselves for their own injurious negligence, and sue the iron maker because it burned them when plugged in.

OSHA and other health and safety organizations, however, do not exist to ruin everyone's inventive good time--they exist to attempt to protect laborers such as myself from negligent employers and product-suppliers who might otherwise attempt to cut corners in the realm of protective equipment, building safety, fire codes, etc. They say "OSHA laws are written in blood"--the blood of the injured laborer. It's been my experience that this is true--OSHA begins to analyze an industry when disasters happen. (Recent current example: new regulations regarding training and licensing for professional pyrotechnicians, as a result of the Station Nightclub fire in Rhode Island some years back.) If it were not for health and safety regulation, i and thousands of workers in my field and related artisan/trade fields would still be burning in firetraps chained to our machines.

I'm sorry, i don't mean to sound shrill or pedantic. It's just that, as someone who has in the past by economic necessity had to work in non-OSHA-compliant shops, and as someone who has sustained injury due to oppressive work conditions, i can't sit by and keep silent on the subject. By all means, blame ambulance-chaser litigators for nanny culture, but by and large, not health and safety regs.

(Incidentally, OSHA regulations only apply to employers and employees. OSHA has no jurisdiction over the home-tinkerer, workshopper, hobby-builder, etc.)
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