Walter Cronkite predicts 21st century tech in 1967

Visiting the home and home office of the future 46 years ago

If you're a fan of watching old videos where people tried to predict the future, then you'll love this series of videos from YouTuber Matt Novak.


In some clips from the March 12, 1967 episode of CBS' show "The 21st Century", we see legendary newsman Walter Cronkite bring us news of what we'd be doing at home and work in the future. While the products are a bit clunkier than what we currently use, the concepts (reading news on a computer screen, talking on smaller phones, etc.) are pretty accurate:

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In this video, we get to visit the living room of the future, in which he predicted everyone would have a 3D TV (maybe there's still hope!). The idea of on-demand programming was predicted as well:

In this clip, Walter visits the kitchen of the future. Here we see predictions of microwave ovens being able to cook food, but then we get some yet-to-be-seen technology, such as plates that are instantly molded for serving, and then destroyed/recycled along with the leftovers.

Which of these predictions would you still like to occur? Would you like living in this future home, or the one you currently have? Let me know in the comments.

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