In preparation for the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris, a group of French artists were asked to create a series of futuristic pictures depicting life in the year 2000. For example, here we have a robotic tailor spitting out a sharp salmon dinner jacket for a customer based on measurements gathered from… well, your guess is as good as ours.

Let’s just say the absinthe was flowing steadily back in 1899…

We fear les artistes would find life in the 21st century to be a bit of a letdown, what with the lack of aerial tennis courts, flying cops and firemen, winged robbers, Pacific Ocean shark racing, whale buses, sky operas and underwater croquet tournaments. They’d likely be even more depressed by the predictions they got right, namely war robots and chicken breeding farms.

That said, someone’s got a pretty solid patent suit against Skype and the Roomba…

—C.B.S.

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  • C. Brian Smith