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Futurism: Visions of the Year 2000 by Early 20th Century French Artists

Blake Graham

The year 1900 was a very sexy year to be alive. The world was on the cusp of flying machines,1 was powered by steam and diesel, and had promise of telephony. In the preceding year, the US Patent Commissioner Charles H. Duell said, according to myth, “Everything that can be invented has been invented,” and with certain satisfaction promptly retired his post to spend the rest of his days basking in knowledge that the future had already arrived.

by Blake J. Graham

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  • David Loitz

    It is interesting to hold this vision of education up to our current reality and then in contrast to the visions that our youth visionaries create during the listening session.
    See the visions of future education design by the young people of Imagining Learning. (

    I choose the Young People’s visions everytime!

  • Ben Goldhirsh

    pretty interesting how all concepts followed a mechanical trajectory - where complexity and capability increased - but none conceived of innovation threads that yet to be introduced - mostly in the connectivity space (with the exception of the feeling that shows up a few times where people make an assumption that we'll improve our ability to harness animal power). As well as be able to either find or breed giant see horses.