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As pointed out in the first hour of the 2014 Annual Meeting of Jehovah's Witnesses, the April 26, 1922 issue of The Golden Age magazine had a remarkable prediction of the future that has proven to be "spot on." Read it for yourself here:



This is the second page of the article "The Gift of Speech" by H. E. Coffey, which appeared on pages 462-3. Today we would immediately identify this prediction with the smartphone, where we can indeed receive news from various parts of the earth and communicate at will with private individuals wherever they may be. I don't know how much coffee Mr. Coffey drank before writing this, assuming he did drink that caffeinated beverage, but it is absolutely amazing how his technological prediction was so farsighted and accurate. May his closing statement about the future also find the same realization!


What's especially amazing is how specific the prediction was, down to the actual name of the first popular smartphone!



(Please appreciate that this is just a humorous coincidence.)

In case you were wondering, here is page 462 of "The Gift of Speech." The entire magazine is free on the Internet in PDF.


Introductory graphic from the website Research Applications: 
The Golden Age was published by Jehovah's Witnesses, and is now called Awake!.




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I believe the same article had the thought that Daniel 12: 4 was fulfilled in 'trains' that 'roved' the lands. So, with some extrapolation it is possible to predict some things. In 1993, while in High School, I drew a Tablet-like device that I called "Watchtower Windows"  It was to be a touch screen device with all our material on it and we would be using them at meetings :D 

One current idea is an interface that stimulates the part of the brain where hallucinations and dreams come from, to make an image appear in your visual space. There's a Bible app that comes with it. It would be like seeing a holographic image in front of you however, it's fully interactive because the brain is literally the computer running the software. Normally, people would not be able to see what your brain is projecting in front of you. But the interface could link people so that they see the same image. 

The implications of such a technology are profound, already there are basic thought controlled devices making their way to the market. So, it's not hard to see several generations from now. 

I have dubbed the technology "MiND" a play on the phrase My Neural Device.

In the near future, I think we will get our own 'clean' internet that runs completely independently. Just my thoughts :)



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10 hours ago, Kurt said:

the April 26, 1922 issue of The Golden Age magazine had a remarkable prediction of the future that has proven to be "spot on." Read it for yourself here:

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, a newspaper just a few blocks away from the Brooklyn Bethel HQ ran an advertisement for the Wireless Phones, attached below.

It includes the words: "Those who can see into the future prophesy that this means as great a revolution in its effect on social and political life as has been brought about by motion pictures. . [offering]. . splendid music . . . the news of the day . . . sporting events . . . weather forecasts . . stock market reports, reports, speeches by leading men." (Brooklyn Daily Eagle, February 1, 1922. p. 11)

On April 23, 1922 the Eagle ran a small ad for someone wanting to trade a soccer ball for two of them.



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A Mobile Phone From 1922? Not Quite

History often plays linguistic tricks on us, especially when it comes to rapidly changing technologies

Title card from the 1922 short silent film "Eve's Wireless" (source: British Pathe)


I recently came across a short, silent film from 1922 called Eve’s Wireless. Distributed by the British Pathe company, the film supposedly shows two women using a wireless phone. Apparently this video has been making the rounds for the past few years. Could it be an early demonstration of some futuristic technology? I hate to be the Internet’s wet blanket, but no. It’s not a mobile phone.

Rather than an early mobile phone, think of the box they’re holding as an early Walkman; because the two women on the street don’t have a telephone, but rather a crystal radio. The confusion comes from the fact that the term “wireless telephone” was widely used in 1922 for what we simply call “radio” today. ...

Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/a-mobile-phone-from-1922-not-quite-21291812/?no-ist

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3 hours ago, Ann O'Maly said:

The confusion comes from the fact that the term “wireless telephone” was widely used in 1922 for what we simply call “radio” today.

The expression first surprised me when I was looking up something about "Pastor Russell" in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on microfilm at a NYC library, and I scrolled past a nearby headline about the "Wireless Phone" (from around 1913, I think). The versions from around 1910, as I recall, still required two separate pieces: both a receiver and a transmitter, but even then the big "selling point" was that it would fit inside your clothing. I don't remember it from the time, but just recently I noticed that one discussion said that it required about a 10 inch antennae, but would still fit inside your clothing.

Many of us kids in the 1960's built fairly small "crystal radios" and we would clumsily carry them around for fun. They were a little more akin to the "transistor radio" and, like you said, the early "Walkman."

The expression about something that can "fit in your vest pocket" was very popular at the time and was a selling point for small guns, slide-rules, protractors, books, etc., etc.  Today we just say "pocket-sized."  


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On 30/9/2016 at 9:28 ΜΜ, Mr_VHC@WNF said:

I have dubbed the technology "MiND" a play on the phrase My Neural Device.

You should trade mark this just in case... ;-)

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14 minutes ago, ThePraeceptor said:

You should trade mark this just in case... ;-)

I always get tiold to trademark or patent my ideas. Wish I had the money to. But maybe I'll do something like share it on HitRecord so everyone can have it? ;)


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