Alot of Scifi writers reach greater acclaim when time goes by and their predicitons actually become true technologies in real life. But it’s not only Sci-Fi writers, that can claim to be visionary, it’s also writers of children’s books that can (although not often) predict the future.
I have been reading a Dutch children’s book together with my daughter. The writer actually describes a navigation system. The main character Pluk rides a little red truck and uses a Lispeltuut (a seashell) that he puts to his ear to figure out directions. Alot like the navigation systems that we use in our cars today. To read about the book:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluk_van_de_Petteflet
Another favourite children’s book that I share with my daughter is called “The Lorax”, written by Dr. Seuss. It treats environmental issues of unlimited production. Nobody but a fool, can deny that the book has 20-20 vision on the phenomenons that we are now tackling in the field of sustainability. To read about the book: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorax
Enjoy! When adults adapt a child’s view on the world, that can be a strong tool for opening up your mind to innovative pathways.