It would seem that, for as long as humanity has existed, we’ve been wondering what the world will look like in the future. This has been especially true since the Industrial Revolution, when technology started to advance at an exponential rate.

With so much going on, it’s no surprise why people wondered what new and exciting advances would change their lives.

These 20 prints from late 19th- and early 20th-century artists show just how they imagined the world might look 100 years in the future. Now that we’re living in those times, how do you think their predictions compare?

1. Can you imagine how helpful it would be if we could teach children (or adults, for that matter) everything that they needed to know simply by grinding up a bunch of books? Sure, the internet pretty much grants us access to the entirety of human knowledge, but it can’t feed it all directly into our brains… yet.

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