Making Designer Babies Was Supposed to Be Just Like Shopping for Seeds

Fears over "designer babies" were common long before we understood the science of genetics well enough to actually produce them. For many, the idea of predetermining a child's eye color or trying to influence their intelligence or athletic prowess through genetics is the very definition of dystopia. It probably… » 11/21/13 3:09pm 11/21/13 3:09pm

Marriage 100 Years From Now (1933)

In the year 1933 physician Ira S. Wile made some wild predictions about what marriage would look like 100 years in the future. And although it's not yet 2033, we can still be thankful that his predictions for our world just 22 years from now were wildly off the mark. » 4/06/11 4:27am 4/06/11 4:27am

Dr. Wile imagined a bureau of records under… » 4/06/11 4:27am 4/06/11 4:27am

Crime Will No Longer Exist in 2007 (1907)

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You know what's awesome about living in the future? Not having to worry about crime of any kind. » 11/10/09 8:41pm 11/10/09 8:41pm

The March 17, 1907 Washington Post ran a piece from the Chicago Tribune titled "How Our Progeny Will Live One Hundred Years From Now." An excerpt, which imagines a world where crime is extremely rare, appears below. » 11/10/09 8:41pm 11/10/09 8:41pm

I… » 11/10/09 8:41pm 11/10/09 8:41pm

Family Life to be Altered Greatly by 21st Century (1968)

The January 2, 1968 Lima News (Lima, OH) ran the third in a series of articles based on research by the Commission on the Year 2000 of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The third in the series dealt with life, work and family issues humanity would face in the year 2000. As I've discussed before, major social… » 2/06/09 10:50pm 2/06/09 10:50pm

Problems with Eugenics (1967)

A few months back we looked at a clip from the February 26, 1967 episode of CBS's 21st Century. The episode includes an interview with James Bonner, who advocated for human eugenics in the future. » 5/19/08 12:17am 5/19/08 12:17am

Today, we have a clip of the retort by Harrison Brown, who raises questions about whether eugenics is as "common sense" as… » 5/19/08 12:17am 5/19/08 12:17am

Future "Brotherhood" (1976)

Carl T. Rowan wrote a piece which appeared in the July 3, 1976 Stevens Point Daily Journal (Stevens Point, WI) titled, "Sees hatred yet a century hence." » 2/27/08 9:46pm 2/27/08 9:46pm

Rowan covers issues of racism, eugenics and elitism in the century leading up to the United States tricentennial. The piece appears below in its entirety. » 2/27/08 9:46pm 2/27/08 9:46pm


21st Century Eugenics (1967)

The CBS series 21st Century aired a program titled, "The Mystery of Life" on February 26, 1967. The program looked at genetics and the future of humanity. » 12/07/07 12:25am 12/07/07 12:25am

In this clip, host Walter Cronkite interviews biologist James Bonner. Bonner advocates a "large-scale program of [breeding] better people," otherwise known as… » 12/07/07 12:25am 12/07/07 12:25am

Longer Honeymoons, Happier Wives (1923)

Margaret Sanger wrote a short piece about the year 2022 for the February 12, 1923 Bridgeport Telegram (Bridgeport, Connecticut). » 7/12/07 8:26pm 7/12/07 8:26pm

Birth control will have become a part of education in health and hygiene. Women especially will be demanding it. They will realize that it is a foundation of freedom and intellectual… » 7/12/07 8:26pm 7/12/07 8:26pm