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Paleofuture (also Paleo-Future) is a blog that documents historical ideas, visions, and predictions about the future.[1][2][3][4][5] The blog and its owner Matt Novak have become an authority on the subject[6] and have been cited in many other publications.[3][4][5][7][8] Paleofuture organizes its material by decade starting at 1880.[5] The blog was formerly found at and[1][3][4][5] Some terms that have been used in relation to this blog are paleo-futurism,[7] and retro futurism.[8]

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  1. ^ a b Bairstow, Jeffrey (2007-12-01). "Back to the future, again". Laser Focus World (PennWell Publishing Corp). Retrieved 2009-03-04. I came across a truly remarkable blog,, compiled by 24-year-old Mark Novak, of Minneapolis. This is an absolutely fascinating collection of articles, books, postcards, film clips, photos, videos, and other ephemera about predictions for the future 
  2. ^ Kendall, Nigel (2008-05-26). "The web watcher:;;; US Life on Mars". TimesOnline. Times Newspapers. Retrieved 2009-03-04. At a small team of dedicated geniuses picks through mankind's dreams for the future, decade by decade, right back to lithographs of the flying men of the future from the 1890s. 
  3. ^ a b c "A Look At The Year 2000… From 1900". Utne Reader. Ogden Publications. 2007-12-11. Retrieved 2009-03-04. Proof of the past's broken promises can be found at Paleo-Future, a blog devoted to antiquated visions of what today could have looked like 
  4. ^ a b c Soupcoff, Marni (2007-10-10). "Click Here". National Post. National Post Company. Retrieved 2009-03-04. At the Paleo-Future Web site, you will find a large catalogue of such past predictions, ranging from an 1882 lithograph depicting people going to the opera, pictured below, in the year 2000 (yes, they're travelling in flying cars) and a 1986 news report about how robots would soon be taking over most aspects of retail shopping 
  5. ^ a b c d Gomes, Lee (2007-10-08). "TV ads tell us computers no longer pals". Rocky Mountain News. Retrieved 2009-03-04. The best place to look at these videos is at PaleoFuture (, which allows an amazing look back at visions of the future, starting in the 1880s 
  6. ^ "WHAT THE FUTURE DIDN'T BRING ROBOT SERVANTS, FLIGHT ON A WHIM, MEALS IN PILLS -- THEIR FATE IS HISTORY TO A ST. PAUL BLOGGER". St. Paul Pioneer Press. 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2009-03-04. Matt Novak has seen a vision of the future. A lot of visions. That's because in the past year or so, the 24-year-old St. Paul resident has turned himself into a sort of accidental expert on the paleo-future: depictions of the future from the past. He collects and comments on yesterday's predictions of tomorrow on his blog,, which has become a sort of online museum of a promised world of jet packs, meals in a pill and sex with robots 
  7. ^ a b "Postmodern paleo-futurism". Boston Globe. 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2009-03-04. Over at the excellent blog Paleo-Future today, Matt asks: "When did a certain level of self-awareness about futurism outweigh the sincere, optimistic brand of futurism?" 
  8. ^ a b Newitz, Annalee (2007-10-15). "Retro Futurism: New York City Aerial Walkways That Could Have Been". io9. Gawker Media. Retrieved 2009-03-04. Matt at Paleo-Future points out that Leigh's paintings are currently on display at New York's Skyscraper Museum 

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