What will you be doing a hundred years from now?
Here's a guess: first of all, let's assume that medical science is going to go through some crazy shifts and we'll all still be alive. You'll probably be "Breeting" with your friends (that's "brain Tweeting," obviously) from your hover-skateboard (hey, just because it hasn't happened yet, doesn't mean 'Back to the Future II' was wrong) while watching "futurevision" on your iNails - multi-touch will mean many things in 2112.
Oh yeah, and the members of Rush will be worshipped as Gods, but just for that one year.
The point of this highly accurate description of the distant future is that it's hard to figure out what will change over the course of a century. But it sure is fun to try, as these illustrations of 'France in the Year 2000' prove.
The pictures were made between the years 1899 and 1910 by a group of artists in France imagining what the world would look like in 2000. The images, which are now in the public domain, came free with a box of cigarettes or cigars (none of the pictures predicted the strict anti-smoking regulations of the new millennium).
So the pics don't get the year 2000 right, exactly, but some of them come kind of close. Check it out:
The room-cleaning robot (we sort of have those!)
Factory farming (at least that might be what's happening here)
Digital music (it doesn't work exactly like this, but same basic idea)
Digital learning (again, not exactly right, but close enough)
Batman (if he could fly and fight fires)
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