A popular Twitter account shared a clip Tuesday of children speaking to the BBC in the 1960s about their expectations of the year 2000, and the whole thing is too creepy.
“I think it’ll be… people will be regarded more as statistics than as actual people,” the first young man said in the clip, which has accrued more than 280,000 views at the time of publication. Of course, his prediction is eerily spot on. It could totally be argued that people today are considered more by the statistics they represent than themselves as individuals.
“I don’t think it’s going to be so nice, sort of all machines everywhere. Everyone doing everything for you. You know, you’ll get all bored and I don’t think it’ll be so nice,” the second child, a young girl who is clearly wise beyond her years, said.
What’s most surprising and saddening about the clip is how much smarter young children seemed to be in the 1960s. None of the kids in the clips can be more than 10 or 11-years-old, and yet they’re more articulate than many adults in today’s world.
1960s children imagine life in the year 2000 pic.twitter.com/RLFRSWRRVF
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