21 September 2007

Predictii pentru anul 2000

Cum credea New York Times, in 1950, ca va arata lumea in anul 2000. - vom avea mancare facuta din rumegus - vom calatori cu rachete - ne vom barbieri cu ajutorul unor substante chimice - toate vasele vor fi din plastic care se va topi sub un jet de apa fierbinte - vom avea o piscina cu apa (adanca de cativa cm) pe acoperis pentru a raci casele - toata mobila va fi impermeabila si vom face curatenie in casa cu furtunul
Furniture (upholstery included), rugs, draperies, unscratchable floors — all are made of synthetic fabric or waterproof plastic. After the water has run down a drain in the middle of the floor (later concealed by a rug of synthetic fiber) Jane turns on a blast of hot air and dries everything. A detergent in the water dissolves any resistant dirt. Tablecloths and napkins are made of woven paper yarn so fine that the untutored eye mistakes it for linen. Jane Dobson throws soiled “linen” into the incinerator. Bed sheets are of more substantial stuff, but Jane Dobson has only to hang them up and wash them down with a hose when she puts the bedroom in order.
- sute de mii de oameni vor avea elicoptere personale cu care sa mearga la lucru in fiecare zi, iar trenurile de persoane nu vor mai exista - posta va fi trimisa cu racheta - vom avea cladiri din aluminiu in loc de otel - "storms are more or less under control. It is easy enough to spot a budding hurricane in the doldrums off the coast of Africa. Before it has a chance to gather much strength and speed as it travels westward toward Florida, oil is spread over the sea and ignited." - "The physician of 2000 knows just what diet is best for a patient. This knowledge, coupled with his knowledge of hormones, enables him to treat old age as a degenerative disease. Men and women of 70 in A.D. 2000 look as if they were 40. Wrinkles, sagging cheeks, leathery skins are curiosities or signs of neglect. The span of life has been lengthened to 85." - "such virus diseases as influenza, the common cold, poliomyelitis and a dozen others are cured with ease" - "doctors place heart patients in front of a fluoroscopic screen, turn on the X-rays and then, with the aid of a photoelectric cell, examine every section of the heart. Cancer is not yet curable in 2000. But physicians optimistically predict that the time is not far off when it will be cured" (Probabil ca nu au vindecat cancerul din cauza aparatelor alea cu raze X :) - si desigur, chilotii vor fi reciclati pentru a face bomboane Autorul mai prezice si ca viata va deveni complet standardizata iar diferentelor nu vor fi vazute cu ochi buni - insa acest lucru este ceva bun:
Any marked departure from what Joe -Dobson and his fellow citizens wear and eat and how they amuse themselves will arouse comment. If old Mrs. Underwood, who lives around the corner from the Dob-sons and who was born in 1920 insists on sleeping under an old-fashioned comforter instead of an aerogel blanket of glass puffed with air so that it is as light as thistledown, she must expect people to talk about her “queerness.” It is astonishing how easily the great majority of us fall into step with our neighbors. And after all, is the standardization of life to be deplored if we can have a house like Joe Dobson’s, a standardized helicopter, luxurious standardized household appointments, and food that was out of the reach of any Roman emperor?