30 Predictions From “Retro Future” That Were Either A Hit Or A Miss

It’s crazy to think both how short and infinitely long a century is. You see, Motorola’s DynaTAC, the first cell phone, was launched in 1984 for a price of $3,995. And today, nobody can imagine their life without touch-screen mobiles with integrated Leica cameras and AI face recognition systems that come at much less than Motorola’s initial price.

So imagine how differently people back then perceived the advancements in technology that looked both incredible and life-changing. And they were. But technology, and the world we live in, escalates so quickly that it surpasses our best forecasts for what the future holds.

And this time, we are talking a look at retro-futuristic examples created in the previous century that give us a glimpse into weird and wonderful dreams of the human mind.

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An Artists Depiction Of The Future, Painted In 1930

An Artists Depiction Of The Future, Painted In 1930

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Linus Nilsson2 days ago

Spot on!151ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#2 

A Fifties Navigation System. Don’t Know Who Imagined This But I Love It!

A Fifties Navigation System. Don't Know Who Imagined This But I Love It!

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Electric Uncle Trash2 days ago

Wow, Google Maps before Google Maps.105ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#3 

We Really Messed Up

We Really Messed Up

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RadiatorAnkleSpider2 days ago

Dude, this would be awesome.114ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

Bored Panda reached out to Lina Survila, a global tech PR and chief editor at Abstract Stylist, who shared her insights on this weird and wonderful movement “that shows how the future would look with a retro twist.” 

Interestingly, the retro feel becomes visible only from today’s point of view, since anyone dreaming of the future in the past wouldn’t think of it as a retro future. According to Lina, “artists had the perfect vision, and it seems they were very close to the ideas we see today.”

Meanwhile, “Retro futurist aesthetics have touched every possible art form there is. Fashion is no exception. When we think of futurism in fashion and a bright vision of what the future might be, we think of Paco Rabanne. The Spanish fashion designer was active in the ’60s and totally disrupted the fashion scene with retrofuturistic designs and his ideas of how people would dress in the future (most likely, that future is now).”#4 

1940s Vision Of Food Delivery Future

1940s Vision Of Food Delivery Future

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Katie Potasky2 days ago

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Television Newspaper – Some Day You May Be Able To Receive The Front Page Of Your Morning Newspaper This Way

Television Newspaper - Some Day You May Be Able To Receive The Front Page Of Your Morning Newspaper This Way

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Electric Uncle Trash2 days ago(edited)

Now I have the entire knowledge of the human race in a small device, and I use it to look at cat videos and BP articles.251ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#6 

Self Driving Cars Of The Future, Circa 1960

Self Driving Cars Of The Future, Circa 1960

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Katie Potasky2 days ago

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Retro ideas of how the future would look inspired many creators, artists, and thinkers, “from architect and designer Matti Suuronen (Futuro house created in the 1970s) to writer Isaac Asimov’s book The Naked Sun.” Lina added that The Jetsons with their retrofuturistic flying cars also deserve a big shout-out in popularizing the movement’s aesthetics in popular culture.#7 

2022

2022

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River Webb2 days ago

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The Future Of Phones, 1956

The Future Of Phones, 1956

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Linus Nilsson2 days ago

Not even in the imagined picture is it possible to hold the phone comfortably.91ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#9 

1970s Futuristic Concept For Jetliner Air Travel

1970s Futuristic Concept For Jetliner Air Travel

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Truth Monster2 days ago

Imagine turbulence with that pool.215ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#10 

1969 Japanese Vision Of The Future Classroom, The Odd Part Is That Included Small Robots To Rap Students On The Head When Misbehaving

1969 Japanese Vision Of The Future Classroom, The Odd Part Is That Included Small Robots To Rap Students On The Head When Misbehaving

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Katie Potasky2 days ago

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James Bond Receives A “Text” Via His Smartwatch In The Spy Who Loved Me

James Bond Receives A "Text" Via His Smartwatch In The Spy Who Loved Me

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Kathryn Baylis2 days ago

It when would he keep the roll of tape the message is stamped onto?33ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#12 

‘ship’s Cat’ By Keith Spangle

'ship's Cat' By Keith Spangle

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River Webb2 days ago

cats of the future52ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#13 

VR In 1989

VR In 1989

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Electric Uncle Trash2 days ago

Not much has changed!68ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#14 

Artoo Deco

Artoo Deco

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River Webb2 days ago

Star Wars inspiration38ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#15 

How Nasa Imagined Life In Space

How Nasa Imagined Life In Space

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Katie Potasky2 days ago

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Fashions Of 1950, As Predicted On The Cover Of Life Magazine In 1914

Fashions Of 1950, As Predicted On The Cover Of Life Magazine In 1914

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Katie Potasky2 days ago

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Futuristic Road Trip With The Family (Bruce Mccall)

Futuristic Road Trip With The Family (Bruce Mccall)

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Linus Nilsson2 days ago

All else aside, is a pizza oven in the car too much to ask for?146ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#18 

Home Shopping In The 1940s

Home Shopping In The 1940s

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Hans2 days ago

“Yep, that looks like I don’t need it.”59ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#19 

1981 Vision Of Suburbia After There’s No More Room Left For Suburbs

1981 Vision Of Suburbia After There's No More Room Left For Suburbs

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Elaine Verhagen2 days ago

I love the fact that everyone still has a garden and freestanding house instead of a balcony with no space.132ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#20 

Soviet Vision Of The Future In The 1930s

Soviet Vision Of The Future In The 1930s

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Linus Nilsson2 days ago

No, I wont say it… Don’t you try forcing me to say it!96ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#21 

Futuristic Netherlands, Drawn In 1970

Futuristic Netherlands, Drawn In 1970

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Truth Monster2 days ago

Clever use of land.57ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#22 

The 2020 Olympics…not 100% Accurate

The 2020 Olympics...not 100% Accurate

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Katie Potasky2 days ago

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The Future We Were Promised

The Future We Were Promised

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Rose the Cook2 days ago

The Hover Car.28ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#24 

1984 Smart Watch

1984 Smart Watch

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River Webb2 days ago

what a pain to put on61ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#25 

City Of The Future As Imagined In 1908

City Of The Future As Imagined In 1908

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Nea2 days ago

A very Hollywoodish imagination41ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#26 

Monsanto House Of The Future 1957

Monsanto House Of The Future 1957

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N G2 days ago

Now I know where some of the Grand Designs lot got their inspiration. Anyone else looking for Kevin McCloud in this pic?46ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#27 

This Was An Actual Space Suit Grumman Aircraft Corp Tried To Sell Nasa In 1962

This Was An Actual Space Suit Grumman Aircraft Corp Tried To Sell Nasa In 1962

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Electric Uncle Trash2 days ago

Sweet!19ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#28 

Worst Space Suit Design Ever?

Worst Space Suit Design Ever?

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Electric Uncle Trash2 days ago

No problem at all with exposed legs and arms. The vacuum of space won’t make you implode whatsoever.65ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#29 

Teen-Agers Of The 21st Century

Teen-Agers Of The 21st Century

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N G2 days ago

Ah, teen-speak. Incomprehensible to the over 40s in the past, present and future!78ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#30 

Nuke-Proof Underground City Below Manhattan, 1969 (Oscar Newman)

Nuke-Proof Underground City Below Manhattan, 1969 (Oscar Newman)

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Mr Red2 days ago

Or we could get rid of all nukes…125ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

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Liucija Adomaite is a creative mind with years of experience in copywriting. She has a dynamic set of experiences from advertising, academia, and journalism. This time, she has set out on a journey to investigate the ways in which we communicate ideas on a large scale. Her current mission is to find a magic formula for how to make ideas, news, and other such things spread like a virus. Read more »Show All Contributors

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