In 1949, the magazine ‘Popular Mechanics’ predicted that computers in the future ‘may have only 1000 vacuum tubes’ and weigh 1.5 tons compared to the ENIAC, which had 18,000 tubes and weighed 30 tons.
In 1968 there was an organization formed by high-level politicians and business leaders with an interest in predicting the future for economic growth. It was called the “Club of Rome”. When they commissioned a team from MIT to create a computer simulation of the future, that model predicted the end of world in 2040.
Nostradamus’ predictions were based on past events; he simply believed history would repeat itself. He would pick historical events at random, then use astrological calculations to figure out when they’d happen again. Also, he wrote a cookbook.
Self-proclaimed earthquake expert Ibn Browning predicted a massive earthquake would strike New Madrid, Missouri on December 3rd, 1990. Schools in multiple states closed, and media organizations flooded the town. Browning had no seismology background, and nothing happened.
In 1888, Edward Bellamy predicted the credit card. He wrote a book called “looking backwards” in which everyone uses a mechanical device to monitor and use their money/credit. The device he describes is almost identical to the credit card we are today.
Isaac Newton studied the occult and predicted the end of the world as we know it to happen around the year 2060. He believed humanity would then progress into an era of divinely inspired peace.
In 2012 a Russian-American scientist predicted that 2020 would be a peak of violence in America based on historical data.
A roman scholar predicted microbiology over 2000 years ago, writing “there are bred certain minute creatures which cannot be seen by the eyes, but which float in the air and enter the body through the mouth and nose and cause serious diseases.”