The Guardian newspaper today posted an article in its online blogs reflecting on predictions for 2013 made by futurologists back in 1988. As a historian, and also a computer science graduate used to seeing rapid changes in technology, it was interesting to see how much the futurologists at the time guessed correctly, and how much was wrong. Though my own historical research tends to look far back in time it’s not unusual for people, including historians, to try to assess what will happen in the future, based at least in part on the past.
Anyway I recommend having a look at it, for entertainment if nothing else. I wonder how accurate any predictions for 2050 made now would be.