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Replace these “wireless telegraphs” with smartphones, update the dress a little, and this vision from a 1906 issue of Punch magazine could easily be for 110 years in the future.
Part of a series of “forecasts” for the year to come, the caption reads:
“These two figures are not communicating with one another. The lady receives an amatory message, and the gentleman some racing results.”
It’s a reminder that the idea of technology leading to a breakdown in “authentic” human interaction is a worry not solely limited to our age.
Punch seemed to have a knack for uncanny predictions of distant technologies to come.