How life might be for you in the year 2000
Brief reminder: as of New Years eve, it’s only 39 years to the 21st century. But in this immediate future, according to Ewen Dingwall, general manager of Seattle’s Century 21 Exposition, there’s so much big lings that it’s going to take 74 acres of exhibits just to hit the highlights.
Well, here’s how your life may change in these few years before 2000, according to one researcher for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. She is Jane Armstrong, a veteran science reporter, assigned by one of the fair’s major planners, Donald Deskey Associates, to find out what Mr and Mrs Consumer are in for.
Your day in the year 2000
It’s 3 pm — end of the work day. Irving Consumer of the Predictor Corp. closes his information retrieval unit.
Irving’s job is finding out what’s been done via electronic memory units about one or another problem so that his superiors can decide whether proposed inventions or discoveries can ever be invented or discovered.
At home, Gladys Consumer is getting ready for dinner. At her core units in the kitchen, she consults her home computer to find out how many calories, vitamins, etc. her family will need tonight and what kind of menu will supply it. She is interrupted by the laundry man who has come to pick up the used paper sheets and clothing for re-pulping and remanufacture.
At this moment, Irving arrives home in his inflatable airplane (it’s almost ready for delivery now). Gladys takes the frozen dehydrated food out of the closet — not the refrigerator — and puts them into the solar oven. She checks one part of the core computer for proper cooking and another to find out where the children are.
Then she comes into the living room to relax with her husband. They’ve given up smoking and drinking, of course. Instead, they use an electrothermal high frequency stimulator — the size of a pencil — to massage their skins.
Irving places a coded card into the news machine to find out what’s been happening. And together they watch the sun set through the controlled weather. (There hasn’t been an air accident for years.)
Plans for the futuristic evening
Tonight, there’s a slight change in plans. The Consumers were going to visit Irving’s parents, grandparents. But because of the Christmas-New Year holiday, the community university has had to give a few extra lectures for students working toward their PhDs. So, the older folks are at school.
Irving decides that he’ll stay home and listen to his hi-fi — a small machine that fits into his ear. Gladys welcomes the chance to continue with her astronomy lessons at the civic observatory.
Junior, who did his homework by pill (it simulates learning centers in the brain depending on the subject to be studied), takes his skis and goes down to the powdered plastic slope, checking with the core computer first so that his mother won’t worry about him.
About midnight, the whole family reassembles (they don’t need nearly the amount of sleep 1961 man needs) and has a core computer-approved snack. Then it’s off to bed.
Lying there in their humidified, purified, weather perfect bedroom, Irving and Gladys discuss briefly their plan for throwing out the east wing of the house and replacing it with completely new architecture and decor. They’ll do that on Saturday morning.
But meanwhile, tomorrow’s another busy day…
“It doesn’t frighten me at all,” reports researcher Jane Armstrong of the 21st Century. “But now and then I do get a little uneasy.”