5 Totally Terrible Technology Predictions
Muse Science Magazine for Kids|July/August 2021
Can you do better? What tech do you expect in 2050?
By Kathryn Hulick

#1: Rocket mail

In 1959, the US Postmaster General, Arthur Summerfield, predicted that guided missiles would become the usual method for delivering mail before a human reached the moon. We have email now, but still no rocket mail.

#2: Nuclear vacuums

In 1955, Alex Lewyt, the president of a vacuum cleaner company, predicted that within 10 years nuclear power would run vacuums. What did he think people would do with the radioactive waste?

#3: Ape workers

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