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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)
Interestingly, the robots are doing all her primping for her, but she seems to be powering them with a foot pump.
Be careful it doesn't prick you. I guess that's why they have two dudes standing around watching it.
Looks a lot like today's crop harvesters actually. Maybe we should adopt this idea.
Of course we would need 'aviation police' in their wing suits to ticket us.
There's definitely an emphasis on life everywhere but land.
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