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Melt Your Brain: Future

Can you see into the future? Well, no – and no amount of staring into crystal balls, deciphering Tarot cards or reading tea leaves, is going to change that. Or is it…?

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However, scientists do use mathematical projections to predict astronomical events, like eclipses. And they also use meteorological models to predict the weather. The predictions are not always right though because of course they do get a bit cocky about their abilities to see into the future sometimes! Not everything can be predicted accurately – especially the weather!

Scarily accurate predictions

  • In 1865, author Jules Verne predicted that humans would land on the moon. Just over 100 years later, in 1969, Neil Armstrong took his giant leap for mankind!
  • In the 1660’s, inventor and chemist, Robert Boyle, predicted the use of organ transplants
  • In 1909, scientist Nikola Tesla predicted wireless technology.

 

Not-so-accurate predictions

  • In the 19th century, Dr. Dionysius Lardner said that trains would never be able to travel faster than 30 mph because passengers would be unable to breathe and would die of asphyxia!
  • In 1977, Ken Olsen, an American engineer, famously said’ there is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home’!

To be fair, it would have been very difficult to predict the explosion in personal computing over the past 50 years! It also would have been difficult to predict how much smaller computers would get. There is more computing power in your smartphone than in the massive contraption that was first delivered to the City Treasurer’s department in Norwich in 1957!

In fact, there’s more computing power in your smartphone than in the entire Apollo 11 mission to put mankind on the moon! So, there is nothing stopping you from going to the moon right now – go on, you’ve got a smartphone, what are you waiting for?!

  • The 1980’s movie Back to the Future 2 predicted that it’s hero Marty McFly would be fired from his job by fax in 2015. A fax is like phoning a photocopier and asking it to print something for you – they’ve also not been used for quite a few years now!

The film did get some things right though – such as multiple TV channels. Nike are also bringing out a pair of self-tying trainers like those featured in the film!

So, it would seem that some things can be predicted – if you can think it, you can invent it – maybe? Got to be worth a try!

 

If you want a better, brighter future, put that crystal ball down and choose the A-level subjects that will give you the best start in your future career – Maths and Physics