What people in 1899 thought would happen to travel technology [hint: we failed them]

Predicting how technology will evolve over the course of the next 12 months (as Tnooz tries every year) is tricky enough – but what about 100 years into the future?

A group of French artists (including Jean-Marc Côté) in 1899 put together a series of pictures for the 1900 Exposition Universelle (World Exhibition) in Paris, illustrating how society and technology would change over the course of the next century.

First of all we would probably all be taking airborne taxis everywhere…

…but you could have to be careful of the local police…

…holiday rentals, hotels, bed and breakfasts, motels – all on the road…

…as the cruise industry gets cosy with mother nature…

…and who needs diving tours and activities when you have sea-bed croquet…

NB: Pictures courtesy of Public Domain Review, via Wikimedia Commons. Hat-tip – Gizmodo.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on LinkedInEmail to someone
Kevin May

About the Writer :: Kevin May

Kevin May was a co-founder and member of the editorial team from September 2009 to June 2017.



Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Chris Maddy

    Ok, I understand greed, but where’s my progress! Can’t all of the greedy oil barrons figure that we have a finite supply of fossil resource, and come up with a more profitable, sane solution?

  2. Tim

    in 1985 i was promised that by 2015 I would get a hover-board. Clock is ticking…..

  3. Hhotelconsult

    These are delightful. It’s always the artists and writers who predict, and invent, the future… for the scientists and inventors to explore. It’s amazing how much sci-fi actually predicted or molded our present.

    These were great. Well played!

  4. Ahmed Sultan, ITC

    If the above pictures are just artistic imaginations, what about the scientists and inventors?
    Did they come up with something similar to that?


Newsletter Subscription

Please subscribe now to Tnooz’s FREE daily newsletter.

This lively package of news and information from Tnooz’s web site provides a convenient digest of what’s happening in technology that drives the global travel, tourism and hospitality market.

  • Cancel