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Paleofuture (also Paleo-Future) is a blog that documents historical ideas, visions, and predictions about the future. The blog and its owner Matt Novak have become an authority on the subject and have been cited in many other publications. Paleofuture organizes its material by decade starting at 1880. The blog was formerly found at paleo-future.blogspot.com and paleofuture.com. Some terms that have been used in relation to this blog are paleo-futurism, and retro futurism.
- 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, paleo-future.blogspot.com, 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
- Kendall, Nigel (2008-05-26). "The web watcher: paleofuture.com; videogamer.com; www.log.tv; US Life on Mars". TimesOnline. Times Newspapers. Retrieved 2009-03-04.
At www.paleofuture.com 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.
- "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
- 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
- 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 (paleo-future.blogspot.com), which allows an amazing look back at visions of the future, starting in the 1880s
- "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, www.paleofuture.com, which has become a sort of online museum of a promised world of jet packs, meals in a pill and sex with robots
- "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?"
- 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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- An interview with Matt Novak on Notebook on Cities and Culture
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