Who knows what the future holds? Oh, the list of the people that foretold the future is long. Here are some of the predictions that came true from different people around the world:
“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.”— Nils Bohr, Nobel laureate in Physics
In 1987, Roger Joseph Ebert, an American film critic and historian, journalist, and author predicted about video-on-demand services. Decades later, Viola! Here’s Netflix and even Hulu. Ebert said that we would have high-definition, widescreen tv sets and dialing system to order movies and films whenever we want it in an interview with a magazine in 1987.
THE COLLAPSE OF THE REAL ESTATE MARKET
The President of Euro Pacific Capital, Peter Schiff, predicted the real estate market crash in 2006. He even made it on several news shows. He talked about too much consumption and borrowing without enough production and savings.
Robert Boyle had a handwritten list in the 1660s with various predictions. One of these was the “cure of diseases at a distance and organ transplant.” This was an incredibly a futuristic foresight since he was living in a pre-Enlightenment age of magic and superstition. He also predicted about a practical way of finding Longitudes, thus, the GPS.
The Internet is very useful that it enables people of all ages to have access to piles of knowledge from events, dictionaries, and many more things that the mind may deem interesting. Isaac Asimov initially predicted man’s use of the Internet to learn in 1988. He predicted that through computers, access to connected libraries would then be possible and would act as teachers that would store the knowledge compiled by the human species.
THE RESIGNATION OF THE POPE
Was it a gift, or a message from a higher power that some people foresee the future leader of one of the greatest religions today, the Roman Catholicism. A woman tweeted about her boyfriend’s dream in which Pope Benedict resigned and replaced by a man named Francesco back in 2003. After seventeen days, the pope retired, only to be replaced by Pope Francis.
In 1783, Ezra Stiles, former president of Yale University, predicted that the American population would reach 300 million in 200 years. Two centuries later, surprise, surprise! Stiles nailed it, apparently.
AT&T had predicted the look of today’s tablet back in 1993 in their TV commercial asking the viewers“ have you ever” and named a feat such as sending a fax from the beach. Twenty years later, people are in possession of tablets.
THE PERIODIC TABLE OF ELEMENTS
Dmitri Mendeleev, a Russian chemist, designed a periodic table and predicted more than forty missing elements. Mendeleev started to see the patterns as he was organizing the elements’ atomic weight and other properties. By the sight of the gaps, his prediction foresaw the elements that would fill them, such as naming the missing element Germanium as ‘ekasilicon.’ It was discovered in 1886.
SPAIN’S VICTORY IN THE 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP FINALS
Humans are not the only creatures that can foresee the future. A psychic cephalopod made a prediction for Germany’s World Cup matches for 2010. The octopus was named Paul. His predictions were not limited to soccer but extend to basketball games before he died in the October of the year 2010. He did not speak, of course, but used to put food into glass cases marked with the winning teams’ logos.
LANDING ON THE MOON
Jules Verne predicted the man’s landing on the moon as early as 1865, more than a hundred years before man actually set foot on the surface of the moon. He accurately foretold everything from the rocket launch to the name of the ship and the number of astronauts involved in the flight and the feelings of weightlessness. How could he have known the effect of zero gravity in the outer space?
THE SINKING OF THE TITANIC
Who can ever forget the tragedy of the Titanic and the film made about it that featured Jack and Rose? Morgan Robertson, a short story writer, wrote a novella entitled, “Futility, Or The Wreck of the Titan” in 1898. It was a story of the largest ship ever made crashing into an iceberg and sinking. He might as well written the movie.
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, physicist, futurist, and a mechanical and electrical engineer. He predicted that a day would come when it will be possible to send messages all over the world, and everyone would have access to it.