In light of the recent link to inspiration for science fiction ideas I thought this article was pertinent:
Some of these letters came from local middle school kids 10-12 years old and they provide a fascinating snapshot of the era; unique in their ability to reflect the pessimism stirred by a down economy and shaken faith in government in a post-Watergate, post-Vietnam War era, while also laying bare the irrational optimism of youth.
I've grabbed their idea summaries for your quick perusal below:
- New Great Depression
- We'll Find More Oil
- Robot Maids, Robot Teachers
- Electric Cars and Ladies on the Moon
- Cures For Every Sickness
- The Last Five Years Haven’t Been So Good
- Women Astronauts
- Cars That Float On Air
- Young People Unemployed
- Living on Mars
- Most of the World Will Be The United States of America
- I Hope By Then Things Will Get Better
Click through to have a look at the expanded thoughts of these 10-12 year olds. Getting some perspective on what American children were thinking 35 years ago might help you tweak your own predictions.