Wiki Wormhole: Top scientists have predicted events far, far into the future

With more than 5 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute or disputing the notion that summer is in fact the appropriate time for dancing in the streets. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,168,777-week series, Wiki Wormhole.

This week’s entry: Timeline Of The Far Future

What it’s about: Science and science fiction alike have been trying to predict the future for as long as the concept of the “future” has existed. Some predictions—like civilization collapsing to the point where Shakespeare would be all but forgotten by the year 2013 or the endless assurances that we’d have flying cars by now—were way off base, and some—like Jules Verne dreaming up submarines and videoconferencing or Ladies’ Home Journal predicting wi-fi in 1900—were spot-on. But very few seers …

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