Well it is nearly time for my blog to end (and the world if you think 2012 is the end), I have enjoyed looking into different companies, approaches and ideas relating to innovation. With the current financial state of the world, one thing that should flourish is innovation, people must be creative, adaptable and inspired to improve things and that will bring an entire new generation of people with new ideas, designs and visions. a recent article on the BBC showed the predictions of John Elfreth Watkins came true, his vision of the future predcited things like…
1. Digital colour photography
Watkins did not, of course, use the word “digital” or spell out precisely how digital cameras and computers would work, but he accurately predicted how people would come to use new photographic technology.
“Photographs will be telegraphed from any distance. If there be a battle in China a hundred years hence, snapshots of its most striking events will be published in the newspapers an hour later…. photographs will reproduce all of nature’s colours.”
This showed major foresight, says Mr Nilsson. When Watkins was making his predictions, it would have taken a week for a picture of something happening in China to make its way into Western papers.
People thought photography itself was a miracle, and colour photography was very experimental, he says.
“The idea of having cameras gathering information from opposite ends of the world and transmitting them - he wasn’t just taking a present technology and then looking to the next step, it was far beyond what anyone was saying at the time.”
Patrick Tucker from the World Future Society, based in Maryland in the US, thinks Watkins might even be hinting at a much bigger future breakthrough.
“‘Photographs will be telegraphed’ reads strikingly like how we access information from the web,” says Mr Tucker.
2. The rising height of Americans
“Americans will be taller by from one to two inches.”
Watkins had unerring accuracy here, says Mr Nilsson - the average American man in 1900 was about 66-67ins (1.68-1.70m) tall and by 2000, the average was 69ins (1.75m).
Today, it’s 69.5ins (1.76m) for men and 64ins (1.63m) for women.
3. Mobile phones
“Wireless telephone and telegraph circuits will span the world. A husband in the middle of the Atlantic will be able to converse with his wife sitting in her boudoir in Chicago. We will be able to telephone to China quite as readily as we now talk from New York to Brooklyn.”
International phone calls were unheard of in Watkins’ day. It was another 15 years before the first call was made, by Alexander Bell, even from one coast of the US to the other. The idea of wireless telephony was truly revolutionary.
4. Pre-prepared meals
“Ready-cooked meals will be bought from establishment similar to our bakeries of today.”
The proliferation of ready meals in supermarkets and takeaway shops in High Streets suggests that Watkins was right, although he envisaged the meals would be delivered on plates which would be returned to the cooking establishments to be washed.
those are 4 of his predictions that came true another article below shows predictions we have made for the next 100 years…
which ones do you think will come true? and do you have any others you think we will see come about in our lifetimes?
Innovation is not new, its just more known and people are ware of it, I think it will continue and play a big part in human life for a long time to come…and I might even keep you up to date about it on here!