Hilarious Forecasts For The 2020s That Were Predicted A Long Time Ago

People love predicting the future and thinking about what life will be like hundreds of years from now. In the past, experts were right about mobile phones, the moon landing, organ transplants, and so on. Yet, there have been an equal number of predictions that didn’t come true at all.

Life in 2020 is not quite as futuristic as some people believed and hoped it would be. Families don’t have flying cars yet or eat solely freeze-dried food. Check out some interesting forecasts that didn’t quite hit the mark…

Jobs Would Be Obsolete, And Everyone Would Be Wealthy

Humberto Matheus/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Humberto Matheus/NurPhoto via Getty Images

This is one prediction we really, really wish would come true. Time magazine reported in 1966 that the future would be pretty great economically for nearly everyone in America. The essay “The Futurists” noted that by this time machines would be doing all the work and that “everyone in the U.S. will, in effect, be independently wealthy.”

While machines ARE doing a lot of our work these days, they are also taking jobs away from people, which means they’re earning LESS money. The article predicted people would earn an average salary of $30,000 to $40,000 (or about $300,000 if you adjust for inflation).