L.A. Times Magazine Story From 1988 Predicts Life in 2013

By Emma Roller

If you haven’t yet, go check out this 1988 issue of the Los Angeles Times Magazine that predicted what life would be like for Angelinos in 2013.

Hits:
– Automatic water heaters and coffee makers
– Cars with a “central computer” that includes “electronic navigation or map systems”
– Teleconferencing from home on your computer
– Fiber optic cable networks
– The popularity of collagen and plastic surgery
– Using computers in classrooms in place of notebooks and projector screens

Misses:
– A “staggered work plan” mandated by Los Angeles County to avoid overcrowding downtown.
– Automated baking: “the oven switches itself on to bake a fresh batch of cinnamon rolls.”
– A “personalized home newspaper” that is automatically printed off your personal computer
– 200-story, earthquake-proof, mega-high-rise buildings in downtown Los Angeles
– “Billy Rae,” the ” mobile home robot” with a synthetic Southern drawl that rouses the family with a not-terrifying-at-all, “Hey, y’all—rise an’ shine!” And he only cost $5,000!
– “Newfangled Indian cigarettes.” Say what?
– Mandatory exercise required by employers (though libertarians are warning us about this one)
– To listen to …read more
Source: Future Tense Articles  

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