Twentieth Century Inventions: A Forecast

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(4.2 stars; 7 reviews)

This work from 1901 predicts what technological developments will manifest in the twentieth century. The author, a technical journalist, presents ideas for inventions and new developments in the areas of power, transportation, agriculture, mining, domestic applications, electronic devices, warfare, music, art, and news. Many have come to pass. All of them provide an interesting look into how the next century was imagined and what challenges were anticipated for the progress of society. -(Summary by A. Gramour) (6 hr 42 min)


PREFACE 11:34 Read by Availle
CH.1 INVENTIVE PROGRESS 31:00 Read by Availle
CH.2 NATURAL POWER 43:23 Read by Esther
CH.3 STORAGE OF POWER 27:20 Read by Esther
CH.4 ARTIFICIAL POWER 26:35 Read by Esther
CH.5 ROAD AND RAIL 43:53 Read by Tom Crawford
CH.6 SHIPS 28:29 Read by Mike Okonek
CH.7 AGRICULTURE 31:30 Read by Edith van der Have-Raats
CH.8 MINING 40:00 Read by Esther
CH.9 DOMESTIC 31:11 Read by Guero
CH.10 ELECTRIC MESSAGES, ETC. 24:14 Read by Guero
CH.11 WARFARE 18:06 Read by Stephanie Lee
CH.12 MUSIC 16:05 Read by Kalynda
CH.13 ART AND NEWS 15:10 Read by Amy Gramour
CH.14 INVENTION AND COLLECTIVISM 13:35 Read by Amy Gramour



(4 stars)

Remarkable in that this turn of the 20th century prognosticator got almost everything wrong. Lighter than air and heavier than air flight was an utter waste of time that never would amount to anything. The submarine had no future, and the main use of radio would be to set clocks. The bayonet would make a comeback as the most effective infantry weapon. Transatlantic liners would get much smaller (This was shortly before the dawn of giants like Titanic.) Against all this he did accurately predict the newspaper vending machine. Though well-versed in the technology of his time, the author was anything but a visionary, and his book is recommended as a fascinating example of woodenheaded thinking. Good readers.

Very educational book.

(4 stars)

This book was written in 1901. This is a very interesting book. I learned about how things were first used. Also the readers do a great job.

There is a novel in this somewhere

(4 stars)

The author gets a great deal wrong, to be sure, and is so racist it makes his predictions gibberish on military matters, but his complete failure to understand the importance of petrol gives his work a lovely steampunk feel. Often he gets within striking distance of being correct about a machine, only to fly down some bizarre side alley. Seriously racist, though. Past just being pro-British racist, and out the other side as delusional as to how real people act.

wow most amazing things I've ever had read to me. Thank You!!!

(5 stars)

a must listen too. And follow.