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February 07, 2013 9:07 AM Living In the Age of Miracles

By Ed Kilgore

Via Brad Plumer at Wonkblog, check out this clip from Walter Cronkite in 1967 explaining how the kitchens of the twenty-first century would work. Makes me want to send my automatic chef a computer punch card with my breakfast selections.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

Comments

  • martin on February 07, 2013 9:26 AM:

    Um, uh, Yum?

    So glad the "irradiated food" is kept somewhere over there.

    I never thought I would say it, but thank god for foodies and all the others who have pointed us away from the prepackaged and processed automated food.

  • c u n d gulag on February 07, 2013 10:53 AM:

    Where are the flying cars we were promised?

    As if THAT would be a good thing.
    We've got too may people as is who can't handle driving forward and back, make turns properly, and account for proximity and speed, without accounting for altitude, and what's below and above.

    All we've got so far, is the Rumba.
    And I can't even afford one of those.

    Btw - where are the door-to-door Rumba salesmen, coming in to make sales in their flying company cars?

  • jpeckjr on February 07, 2013 12:33 PM:

    Eh. Replicators. That's the kitchen of the future for me!

  • low-tech cyclist on February 07, 2013 12:58 PM:

    c u n d - Randall Munroe explains why you can't have your flying car: http://xkcd.com/864/

  • mmm on February 07, 2013 12:59 PM:

    With the frequent electrical outages here in SoCal, come to my house for some half-baked food on some have baked silly putty looking plates that didn't quite make it through the process. Ahhh... technology.

  • zandru on February 07, 2013 1:22 PM:

    Was that from "The 21st Century" program? The successor to the extremely popular "20th Century", which kind of faded out after it had thoroughly covered and re-covered WWII...

    It's cool the way they actually planned to deal with the dirty dishes - AND in a recyclable way. This would have been during the height of the "Disposable Culture" which predicted a giddy future of wear-once, throw-away paper clothing, etc etc.

    Aside from that, the only way this differs from today's microwave dinner culture is that it presumes that meals will still be cooked from fresh ingredients. How 19th century can you get?!

  • nerd on February 07, 2013 3:09 PM:

    There was a TV special which I believe was also from 1967 titled "1999 AD" or such that projected what life would be like in 1999. Some things they were kind of close and others were way off. I particularly find interesting the belief that computers would control our lives.

    You can find most of the special (in short segments) on Youtube by searching for "year 1999 ad".

  • nerd on February 07, 2013 3:20 PM:

    There was a TV special which I believe was also from 1967 titled "1999 AD" or such that projected what life would be like in 1999. Some things they were kind of close and others were way off. I particularly find interesting the belief that computers would control our lives.

    You can find most of the special (in short segments) on Youtube by searching for "year 1999 ad".

  • Crissa on February 07, 2013 6:29 PM:

    At least there's no pesticides in irradiated foods. Alas.

    Now, anyone for a slice of embalmed cheese?
    http://occultveggies.typepad.com/blog/2011/07/industrial-food-processed-or-embalmed.html