The 90s’ Most Ridiculous Future Predictions

By Martin B

The 1990s were a decade filled with optimism and rapid technological advancements, but they also produced some hilariously inaccurate predictions about the future. Here are three silly future predictions from the 90s that now seem downright comical.

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Video Phones

Back in the 90s, many believed that video phones would soon become a ubiquitous part of our lives. Movies and TV shows often depicted characters casually making video calls on futuristic devices. However, the reality has been quite different.

While video calls are now possible and widely used, they haven’t completely replaced traditional voice calls, and they certainly haven’t become as commonplace as predicted. People are often more comfortable with voice calls or text messaging, and the idea of being on camera during every call seems less appealing in practice.

Flying Cars

The 90s had us dreaming of a world where we’d all be cruising around in flying cars. Popular media portrayed a future where cars could take to the skies, bypassing traffic jams and revolutionizing transportation.

Skipping ahead to the present moment, we remain firmly rooted. While there have been some experimental flying car prototypes, they are far from becoming a practical mode of transportation for the masses. The logistical and safety challenges of flying cars have proven to be much more significant than initially anticipated.

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Virtual Reality Everything

The 90s saw the rise of virtual reality (VR) as a cutting-edge technology that promised to revolutionize the way we work, play, and socialize. However, the VR hype of the 90s far exceeded the actual implementation. Even though VR has made considerable progress in recent years, it hasn’t fulfilled the predictions of transforming everyday life.

The clunky headsets, motion sickness issues, and the high cost of entry have limited its widespread adoption. Instead of living our lives in virtual reality, we still largely live in the real world, occasionally dipping into VR for gaming and specialized applications.