Metafilter users, despite their habitual and understandable scepticism, have been unable to debunk it.
I’m struggling to identify my favourite bit! I think it’s this one, for the sheer mix of “missed it by *that* much” set of predictions:
Ready-cooked meals will be bought from establishments similar to our bakeries of today. They will purchase materials in tremendous wholesale quantities and sell the cooked foods at a price much lower than the cost of individual cooking. Food will be served hot or cold to private houses in pneumatic tubes or automobile wagons. The meal being over, the dishes used will be packed and returned to the cooking establishments where they will be washed. Such wholesale cookery will be done in electric laboratories rather than in kitchens. These laboratories will be equipped with electric stoves, and all sorts of electric devices, such as coffee-grinders, egg-beaters, stirrers, shakers, parers, meat-choppers, meat-saws, potato-mashers, lemon-squeezers, dish-washers, dish-dryers and the like. All such utensils will be washed in chemicals fatal to disease microbes. Having one’s own cook and purchasing one’s own food will be an extravagance.
* Some surprisingly accurate predictions: Gro-Lights, refrigerated transport, air conditioning, fast rail, fruit and vegetable embiggening, histology and medical imaging, telephony, photography, motor vehicles everywhere, snowmobiles, science in space, spy satellites, military submarines, peak coal, seedless grapes.
* Things they got almost right: Youtube, Internet goods ordering, prepared food delivery, genetically engineered food, instant news dissemination, extinction of species.
* A couple of things they failed to imagine: routine air travel, ICBMs.
* Over-optimism: free universal university, black and blue roses, universal hydroelectricity and wave power, pest extermination, near-free rapid public transit, traffic-free cities, ubiquitous athleticism, the elimination of microbial disease.
[via Pink Thoughts]