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March 17, 2018

A 1906 Issue of Punch Magazine Predicted How We All Act Now During Social Interaction

In 1906, Punch magazine predicted that people would be able to use “wireless telegraphs” to read sport results, news or messages. Amazingly, they said that this would happen in 1907!

Replace these “wireless telegraphs” with smartphones, update the dress a little, and this vision from a 1906 issue of Punch magazine could easily be for 110 years in the future. Part of a series of “forecasts” for the year to come, the caption reads: “These two figures are not communicating with one another. The lady receives an amatory message, and the gentleman some racing results.” It’s a reminder that the idea of technology leading to a breakdown in “authentic” human interaction is a worry not solely limited to our age.

Punch seemed to have a knack for uncanny predictions of distant technologies to come.

(via The Public Domain Review)


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