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The thing that struck me

The thing that struck me most about finally reaching the year 2000 is how similar it seemed to the years prior. Americans growing up in the 60s, 70s, and 80s were conditioned to believe in the year 2000 as some sort of technological (if not societal) utopia. Looking around at my surroundings, the computers are a little smaller & faster, but really, little has changed. Buildings are still square, new cars still look new, and my toothbrush, while differing slightly in design from its ancestors, still cleans my teeth the same as it always did.

But what about 20 years from now? Discover Magazine presents twenty things that won’t change in the next twenty years. Included on the list are books, cash, religion, sex, and, regrettably, zealotry.

Discover’s October 2000 issue also explores the end of the world, new knowledge, extinction, obsolescence, and ideas for the year 2020. Interesting stuff.