Pattie Boyd photographed by Robert Freeman in the clothes of tomorrow…
British Experts in 1966 make predictions about what life will be like in the year 2000
From a series of articles published in UK Woman’s Own, Douglas Keay takes a look into the future in this chapter titled: Your Child’s Tomorrow, published in the February 12, 1966 issue.
A brief synopsis of 1966 predictions about British life in 2000:
By 2000, Britain will almost certainly be part of Europe.
The population of Britain is predicted to increase by one and half times resulting in overcrowding and there will be about 25 new towns within 40 to 65 miles of London by 1985. Blocks built in these new towns will be 40 storeys high with narrow roads. There will be lifts at the end of each block to take cars up and down. There will be shops, cafes and pubs on every second or third floor - in other words - self-contained living. Streets will be built one on top of the other, like layered cake. Ground level will have landscaped recreational areas and entertainment. Housewives will earn extra money performing light industry jobs in the buildings.
Within 30 years time people will probably be living in plastic-walled houses slotted into concrete honeycomb frameworks. The walls, made of two plastic skins with insulation between them, and double-glazed windows, will help maintain comfortable temperatures inside. Much of the furniture will be built-in. Prefabricated bathrooms will be common - they need only to be connected to the house when delivered to the site.
Households will have model robots to perform all house work chores such as setting the table, clearing it, dusting and ironing. The prototype existed in 1966. The robot age was predicted in 1910 for the 1960’s - alas it had not yet happened.
A family tax will be imposed on parents of more than one child to help control population growth.
People are used to the perils of war and over-population, but predicts Professor Dennis Gabor: …”only the age of Leisure will find man psychologically unprepared. Leisure for all is a complete novelty in human history.” Will children of the future be bored to death?
Working hours will be shorter. Productivity will be so improved that some will be paid not to work. Farming so much more efficient that food will be plentiful even with the increased population.
Food will be stored indefinitely without refridgaration.
Under-the-sea farms will be in operation to help solve the food shortage.
Livestock, such as hens and cows, will spend their lives from birth till the slaughterhouse in sheds instead of in the open fields.
By 1972 you will probably be able to drive your car under the English Channel to the Continent. Most families will have two cars requiring new roadways to be built. Cars will be cheap and not considered luxuries. (No mention of fuel costs or availability!) Cars will replace the popular bicycle as transportation.
Thousands of people will commute daily from Britain to the Continent and have villas in Spain, Portugal and North Africa.
Foreign travel will be taken for granted. Giant, supersonic airliners, seating 400 to 500 will fly at over 1,000 miles per hour and be almost as common as buses. Vertical take-off aircraft will be in common use. Private helicopters will not be the norm, as the sky would be too congested.
The World Organization - the successor to the United Nations Organization - will be talking of colonizing the moon with the overspill population from Europe and Asia.
A scientific journal speculated about a new way of triggering off nuclear bombs, and making it comparatively easy for even the smallest nations to possess nuclear weapons. (Yikes!!!)
In summation, education is stressed as the most important thing for children growing up in the coming future world of 2000.
(The next chapter, which I don’t have, was about health and medical breakthroughs in the future. No mention of computers or tech stuff - maybe that was in another chapter?)