VSL// Where are our jet packs? Predictions of the future from the past

The turn of the millennium is 10 years gone, and where is the tomorrow we were promised? It’s mostly here, at Paleofuture, an entertaining blog that collects and catalogs past visions of the future.

Created by Matt Novak, a self-described “sometime writer” and retro-futurism enthusiast, the site exhibits past predictions for future technology and society in the form of articles and artists’ renderings, including moon-base cutaways, doomsday prophecies (“we’ll all be frozen to death by 2011”) and many, many flying machines. The collection is extensive and lovingly curated, with notes on every item and myriad scans, links, videos, transcriptions and audio files throughout. Some of these ephemera are ironic, and many of them funny, but almost all are amazing for the way they capture, with sleek visions of times to come, their own place in history.

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VSL// Where are our jet packs? Predictions of the future from the past