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The future we used to have, part 2

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Here’s yet more pictures and photos from around the internet. This is how we could be living now, instead of watching powerlessly as our scumbag Tory government robs us and stuffs the proceeds into the pockets of the filthy rich. The twentieth century, despite – or perhaps because of – two world wars, seems like it may have been a great social experiment; and we’re rapidly returning to the good old days of inequity, inequality, rampant greed and systemic abuse of privilege. Last century, they reached the peak of the world’s tallest mountain for the first time; they put twelve men on the Moon; they visited the deepest part of the ocean, where the pressure is seven tons per square inch…

This century we can’t even agree to save our own dying planet.

So let’s look at some nice pictures of where we could have been instead.


Oscar Niemeyer's University of Constantine, Algeria, 1968

Oscar Niemeyer's Cathedral of Brasilia

data centres

An IBM mainframe

IBM 360 mainframe, 1964


Air launch is the way forward

Rockwell X-30 spaceplane

houses of the future

Alison and Peter Smithson in their House of the Future at the "This is Tomorrow" exhibition, 1956


Vacation House of the Future c. 1957, James R. Powers


Credit: NASA

(This, incidentally, is as near I plan to get to escapism with my science fiction…)


One thought on “The future we used to have, part 2

  1. Yes, the future has somehow become the past.

    Brasilia cathedral looks a lot like the statue in Pearl Square in Manama, now demolished by the Bahraini authorities (another attempt to consign the future to the past I suppose).

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