Yes, there are many future predictions that have come true. However, there are also many that have not come true, at least not yet, anyway.
It’s true, we are left astounded by the truth of past predictions. When we see catastrophic events that carry an uncanny resemblance to some statement made by Nostradamus, or we watch as details follow the ideas of other great mystics of the past, we are convinced that prophecies are real. Future predictions do come true, I believe.
But we are afraid as well. Some of these things have not come true, and although they have not happened, they still leave us wondering if maybe the dates were just a bit off. Maybe these great and terrible things could possibly still come to fruition.
Just because they haven’t happened, doesn’t mean they won’t
The following are some future predictions that haven’t come true. Whether they never happen or if they just haven’t reached their destined time, we are waiting. Some of them are creepy and make us hope they never come to be. Let’s take a look.
1. Humans will live to be 150
In 1974, at the Federation of American Societies, Bernard Strehler announced that humans would live to be 150 years of age by the end of the 20th century. Although the human lifespan has increased quite a bit in the last 75 years, it’s still a long way from an increase of that measure.
On the other hand, as advancements continue toward eradicating disease, the future could hold a much longer lifespan and this prediction could then become true. In other publications, it is speculated that even 200 years of age would be considered normal in our future.
2. Humans will talk to animals
Nostradamus predicted that humans and animals would communicate in the future. A Japanese company has almost made this possible. The invention of a device called the “bow-lingual” supposedly translated a dog’s bark into a language.
It seemed as if Nostradamus was right and human/animal communication was now happening. Unfortunately, the device was inconsistent and couldn’t be proven to work correctly. So the dream of talking with your furry friends lives on, it’s just not a firm reality yet.
3. The dead will rise
He failed again. Nostradamus predicted zombies, you heard me right… but he didn’t say the word “zombie,” he only alluded to these creatures.
“Not far from the age of the millennium, when there is no more room in hell, the buried shall come out of their graves.”
According to the time of these predicted events, it’s uncertain. He speaks of the number 7 and of the millennium, so…
“When number 7 rolls around, will come time games at the hecatomb, not far from the great Millennium age, when the internal will depart from their tombs.”
Hmm, now that’s quite horrifying, wouldn’t you say. Maybe we need to read our Zombie survival booklets and prepare, or maybe not. It is chilling, however, but if calculations are correct, this won’t happen until the year 7000.
4. Custom-made pandemics
Speaking of the zombie apocalypse, there were future predictions that stated that we should be able to create our own pandemic by now. Thankfully, this hasn’t happened yet. But we already have many blueprints for this. For instance, we have 3D printers and we’ve accidentally been given recipes for mutated bird flu strains.
This dangerous information was published by Nature and could provide anyone with the means of human destruction. Unfortunately, we are teaching potential terrorists to create their own viruses! Although things haven’t gotten out of hand yet, we could see a widespread outbreak of some new form of a manufactured disease. Yikes!
In the 90s, there was this idea that television of the future would be so highly advanced that during cooking shows, you would be able to smell the food. There would be other heightened improvements to television as well, but this one just sort of sticks in your mind, wouldn’t you say?
As far as we know, this hasn’t happened on a grand scale as of yet.
In Japan, however, they are already experimenting with the idea. I believe it’s only a matter of time before we are sniffing around the electronics. How strange…
The truth is, the idea of smell-o-vision has been around for much longer than that – surprise, surprise. In fact, as far back as the 50s, Swiss inventor, Hans Laube came up with the idea, although this only included handing out scented cards during the screening of films.
This was one of the first and most rudimentary concepts of combining the senses with technology.
6. Destruction of our satellites
It was predicted that by now, our satellite systems would not be around to uphold our vast technology and communications. Here’s a rather frightening scenario. What if all our satellite communications did go out? Here are a few things that would happen if we lose all satellite communications:
For starters, our GPS systems would be completely wiped out. We could experience problems in the financial sector and the electrical grid that we operate within could crash.
So, what could make this happen? The low earth orbit and the Geosynchronous orbit of the earth could become cluttered, and we need to clean it up. We also need to become more resilient without depending solely on satellites to function. If this does finally come true, we should be prepared ahead of time.
7. Nuclear war
Baba Vanga is famous for her many “fulfilled” prophecies, but she is also known to have failed at her future predictions as well. One that stands out would be the threat of nuclear war between the years of 2010-2014. Now, wait! Don’t be relieved so soon.
The way things are going, we could see this come to be in the future. Let’s hope we find a solution to this unrest as soon as possible. Vanga also predicted a chemical war with Europe, which would have occurred in 2013. This, fortunately, didn’t happen either.
8. Fake foods
In 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy said that the future holds solutions to hunger, including the invention of “fake foods”.
“We have the means, we have the capacity to eliminate hunger from the face of the earth in our lifetime.”
Unfortunately, this hasn’t quite come to fruition in the suggested form. Synthetic foods have yet to be implemented into the American diet, although there are more “meat substitution” products being created, including soy products and lab-grown meat-like foods.
So, this future prediction may just be off the mark in terms of creativity and advancement. More than likely, we will see this come true in the near future.
9. Real-life “terminators”
If you’ve ever seen the movie “Terminator,” then this prediction will scare the wits out of you. No, this prediction has not come true… but more than likely, it will.
Hunting humans will become routine for robots. In fact, fully automated weapon systems or lethal autonomous weapons (LAWS) are already being developed, and plans for a more “humane” system of warfare is on the menu.
10. Downloading the human consciousness
Future predictions have suggested that we will be able to download our own consciousness in the next couple of years. As of now, this cannot be done because the consciousness is considered to be tightly connected to physical structures in the brain, and we cannot figure out how to go about this feat.
If we were to download our consciousness, we could, in effect, be committing suicide, only to replicate our conscious thought in digital form.
Some people consider this the same as teleportation. Once the mind is obliterated, it is “cloned” in another place. So really, is this new form even us anymore? The future holds the reality to this innovation, but it might not be a reality we care to see.
What does the future hold…
Honestly, we really don’t know what the future holds. This doesn’t mean, however, that one day, the stuff of nightmares may become reality.
Let’s hope that science, medicine, and politics take every precaution concerning the state of our existence (don’t laugh). The future lies in the hands of those who create it, but that’s kind of obvious. Hopefully, there will be enough positive to outweigh the negative results of our choices.
To the future…
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The most frightening things to me in the future are artificial intelligence and nanotechnology. Concerning downloading the human consciousness, there is no point. Without emotion there is nothing but information. Without emotion there is no humanity, consequently, a dead world that moves.
Lately, I have been silent. Our world is changing and not just in positive ways. I too am afraid of what our future holds especially when it comes to AI because honestly, they will be able to see the evil within us. So, what will they want to do with us then?