Modern Mechanix is ‘the blog of yesterday’s tomorrow’. Over there, you’ll find all sorts of wonderfully goofy visions of the future from articles culled from publications of the past.

Thanks to Modern Mechanix, today I’ll extract some choice statements from ’40 Years in the Future’ which was in the November 1968 issue of Mechanix Illustrated. Of course, the full article is worth reading, as is the rest of the site.

The car accelerates to 150 mph in the city’s suburbs, then hits 250 mph in less built-up areas, gliding over the smooth plastic road. You whizz past a string of cities, many of them covered by the new domes that keep them evenly climatized year round.

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Computers not only keep track of money, they make spending it easier. TV-telephone shopping is common. To shop, you simply press the numbered code of a giant shopping center.

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No need to worry about failing memory or intelligence either. The intelligence pill is another 21st century commodity. Slow learners or people struck with forgetful-ness are given pills which increase the production of enzymes controlling production of the chemicals known to control learning and memory.

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