H.G. WELLS: 9 Predictions That Have, And Haven't, Come True

H.G. WELLS: 10 Predictions That Have--And Haven't--Come True
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H.G. Wells didn't specifically envision the modern cell phone (pictured, two phones in Maine in 2007). But in the 1933 novel The Shape of Things to Come, he depicted a wireless wrist intercom that had many cell phone-like features.

Several of H.G. Wells's best predictions involved telecommunications: In his 1923 book Men Like Gods, he imagined a utopian future in which people communicated almost entirely by wireless telephones and voice mail.

"He basically invented both email and the telephone answering machine and combined the two," said Jerry Oltion, a science fiction writer from Eugene, Oregon.

Gadget-obsessed H.G. Wells also likely never imagined any downsides to his invention, Oltion added. For example "he probably didn't think of people being distracted while driving."

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