Remember those days of Monica Lewinsky and dial-up modems?
The world looked awfully bright back then to people who were imagining the future. Of course, they were stuck with their VCRs and newspapers and land lines, so you have to imagine there was room for improvement.
This article at Paleofuture
talks about ten predictions that were made about our future, and some of them are really... accurate. A supercomputer in your pocket? Check. GPS? Check. Hybrid cars? You got it. Not everything on the list is as spot-on, but for people who were looking to a future they didn't understand, they got a lot of stuff right. Of course a lot of those things were in the research phase in 1996 and didn't hit the mainstream until much later, but for the most part the article doesn't miss the mark. No mention of flying cars or robot butlers or starships here.
Sometimes it's fun to look back and think about what our lives were like back then, not so long ago but amazingly so devoid of the trappings of modern life. What would you do without your smartphone, your DVR, your Viagra? Read the article and think about that.