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Retro-Futuristic Drones

This postcard from 1925 imagines future New York, “The City of Skyscrapers”.
By that time many of the Big Apple’s skyscrapers were already present. Futurists of the past envisioned not only more high-rise buildings and a system of elevated trains, but also a sort of aerial civilization. Could it be a prediction of drones filling the sky? Via Paleofuture


Retro-Futuristic Smartwatch

In 1981 the magazine Byte: The Small Systems Journal imagined how future computers would have look like. The answer was this cover by artist Robert Tinney, showing a PC of the era with a tiny floppy disk, downsized to fit the wrist.

Actually, 33 years ago the idea of what we call smartwatch was nothing more than a funny joke. In fact, inside the magazine, the editors remarked that it wasn’t a coincidence that this future computer visualization happened to be on the April issue of Byte.
In hindsight, a gag turned out to be a premonition. 21st century smartwatches seem to have a lot in common with Tinney’s concept.
The curious fact about it is that, even if wearable technology has made progress, we could still place a smartwatch on the cover of a high tech magazine and entitle it “Future Computers”.

Source: Time