The Natick Mall last week unveiled a time capsule from 1994 with contents that turned out to be part blast from the past and part predictions of the future. Among the capsule memorabilia displayed on long tables in the Infinity Pool Court area of the Mall were stacks of handwritten essays contributed at the time by local students. This group of school kids included Nostradamus-like seers, able to hazard pretty accurate guesses about what life would be like in 28 years. Technology loomed large on the minds of late-20th century young people.
“Cars will run on batteries all the time,” prophesied one student, while another wrote, “Computers will run everything. They will be able to run a whole company with no problems.”
The no problems part turned out to be a stretch, but we admire the optimism.