Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Minor Project - Research - Real Events Predicting The Future

Epcot Centre - Future World

Epcot was envisioned as a real working city, thus the name E.P.C.O.T experimental prototype community of tomorrow. Even though Epcot did not become a working city, it plans to always introduce, test and demonstrate new materials and systems to give the world a chance to see state of the art technology presented in a way that is both educational and entertaining. Future World is split into nine distinct areas, Spaceship Earth, Universe of Energy, Wonders of Life, Mission Space, Test track, Innoventions, The Living seas, The Land and Imagination. Each area examines and investigates the way different aspects of our lives have evolved looking at health, communication, transportation our use of energy and the environment they also look at how all these aspects are progressing into the future. There are lots of interactive exhibits throughout the areas where you are encouraged to take a hands on approach to technology and have fun at the same time.
Futurama 1

Futurama was an exhibit/ride at the 1939 New York World's Fair designed by Norman Bel Geddes that tried to show the world 20 years into the future. The exhibit was sponsored by the General Motors Corporation. Bel Geddes' vision of the future was achievable compared to others with the most advanced technology posited was the automated highway system, of which GM did indeed build a working prototype by 1960.
Futurama 2

Futurama 2 appeared at the 1964 New York World's Fair and it depicted life 60 years into the future, this time 2024. The World's Fair had more than 26 million people attend the show in the two 6-month seasons the Fair was open. Waiting lines were often two hours long and longer. The predicted scenes showed a lunar base, an Antarctic forecasting station, underseas exploration and accommodation, desert irrigation, land reclamation, roads in the jungle, and a City of the Future. They rode through the dioramas on a train and it was sponsored again by General Motors.

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