Fifty Years Hence

This article has been published by Winston Churchill in 1931 in the journal Popular Mechanics.

It is a forecast of scientific, technological and social development in the year 1981. Reviewing the predictions of the future made in the past is always fun and sometimes even interesting, so Churchill’s text is worth reading.


The criterion he applies is the projection of the immediate past in the near future, in the hypothesis that the evolution will continue at an increasing rate.

His speculations are referred to:

  • nuclear power generation (including fusion),
  • driven changes of geography and climate (sufficient to shift Ireland in the middle of the Atlantic),
  • materials thirty times stronger,
  • telecommunications, including tele-conferences,
  • synthetic or cultured meat.


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