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In the past century humans have progressed through technology medicine and society We have made flying machines cars lasers rocket ships and things we could not even imagine a century ago In fact one hundred years ago people still only had a small idea of what was to come Some imagined that we would have moving streets that would whoosh people and stuff around Others thought that poverty would be exterminated and the middle class would grow to a majority Some even imagined that there would be only one world state that would control every aspect of our lives However not all of the predictions have been proven false In the early 1900s some scholars predicted that society would advance far enough to be able to communicate over long distances with the touch of a button or two John Elfreth Watkins Jr even said that there would be strawberries the size of apples and peas the size of beets 106 This has come true to some extent we can now genetically engineer fruits to suit our needs or even splice different genes and make new fruits However the article does generalize too often It states that the visionaries predicted a benevolent bureaucracy on an unprecedented scale Those visionaries were obviously American or European During that particular time the industrial revolution was strong and provided a deep sense of optimism and bigness The rest of the world was not booming and becoming urbanized I would imagine that in fact no one in un-industrialized places like imperial Africa was happy about the way life was headed Another fact that could explain why the scholars of the nineteenth century had such lofty ideas of the future is the period of Romanticism and transcendentalism that surrounded them The philosophers were active then and made advances like the flying car seem only a short century away Inventions like communism the automobile and the wireless were just taking shape Science fiction
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