These French Paintings' Predictions For The Year 2000 Are Insane

aerial firemen

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If you were asked to look ahead 100 years and guess at what life might be like what would you suggest?

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Well, a project doing just that was run in France in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910. Jean-Marc Côté and other French artists drew images of what they thought depicted the world of the future, as it would be in 2000. The first cards were produced and displayed at the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris.

They depict things like a whale-powered bus and many other underwater scenes, including a group of kids at a “croquet party” underwater. There’s a heavy reliance on machines to do jobs that humans used to — including barbering and cleaning — possibly an undercurrent of worry about robots taking human jobs during the industrial revolution?

Take a glance through the images for more craziness. Artists in other countries also produced their predictions on similar cards. See Germany in the XXI Century and take a look into our future at the Moscow in the XXIII Century gallery on Wikipedia Commons.

(via Public Domain Review)

A whale-powered bus.

Why DON'T we have this yet?!

Underwater croquet.

A torpedo plane?

Seems to be some mix between a gangster movie and bumper cars?

Automated primping.

Interestingly, the robots are doing all her primping for her, but she seems to be powering them with a foot pump.

Book-infused brain pumps.

Ok, this one doesn't even make a little bit of sense.

A motorhome!

We totally have these!

Robot orchestra.

Why not robot actors, too?

Underwater races.

I guess they failed at predicting climate change.

Why are these kids stealing baby eagles?

I like their wing-suits, though.

Auto tailor machine.

Be careful it doesn't prick you. I guess that's why they have two dudes standing around watching it.

Baby maker.

This machine seems to turn eggs directly into chicks.


Another good prediction, but their understanding of engineering seems a bit light.

Remote crop harvest.

Looks a lot like today's crop harvesters actually. Maybe we should adopt this idea.

When everyone has a personal plane.

Of course we would need 'aviation police' in their wing suits to ticket us.

Living underwater.

Robot cleaner.

It's as if Rosie from The Jetsons and a Roomba had some illegitimate love child.

Giant seahorses.

Mail delivery in the 21st century.

I guess they forgot to predict our lack of personal interaction.

Aerial firemen.

How have we not made everything fireproof?

Aero-cabs take you where you need to go.

There's definitely an emphasis on life everywhere but land.

Even war takes place in the sky.

Robot barbers give an auto-chop.

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