Well, sort of. In 1964, Isaac Asimov in speculated about the World’s Fair of 2014. How did he do?
Well, we didn’t have a nuclear war. Check.
We have not landed people on Mars. Check.
“Robots [are] neither be common nor very good in 2014, but they [are] in existence” and driverless cars are beginning to be feasible. Check.
Communications are dirt cheap and “the screen can be used not only to see the people you call but also for studying documents and photographs and reading passages from books. Synchronous satellites, hovering in space will make it possible for you to direct-dial any spot on earth.” Check.
No mention of wireless phones, but that was already a trope of near-future science fiction. Heinlein had a thing for startling his mid-century readers by having characters pick up their phone in the middle of the desert or use “I left my phone in my other coat” as an excuse for not being in contact. It probably just did not occur to Asimov to add ubiquitous mobile. The essay did not include the myriad knock-on effects of cheap computers and the Internet, but it predicted them. So, with a caveat, check.
Wall screens will have replaced cathode-ray tubes for television. Check.
He worries about technological unemployment caused by automation, which is not here yet ... but we may be seeing it cause drops in wages. Give him points. ¾ check.
The rest, though? Ugh. First, he extrapolates his own odd agoraphobia onto the population. Yes, we could be building underground cities in 2014, but with the partial exception of Singapore (which is in sort of a unique position) we ain’t. People like, you know, sunlight and views. Plus it is expensive. Maybe ¼ check, and that only because of the plans in Singapore. ¾ fail.
His kitchen of the future could be built, but mostly has not. People like to cook. And it is easy enough to pop a prepared mean in the microwave; why fancy it up with a conveyor from the fridge? Fail.
He predicted that robots would still be bad, but they are even worse than he predicted. If you think we will have robot maids and gardeners by 2024, then I will give it to him on credit. Otherwise, fail. (Will? Carlos? Anyone else?)
Commonplace radioisotope batteries. Nuclear fission providing half of all electricity. (Asimov saw the future and it turned out to be Belgium!) Moving sidewalks in urban downtowns. No on-street parking in central cities. Compressed air tubes carrying intra-city cargoes. And moon colonies, of course. Fail, fail, fail, fail and fail.
Plus, 3-D holographic cubes and all high-schoolers learning to code. Fail, although itis probably our own failing that we do not teach all high-schoolers to code.
Alright then. He got the big stuff, but missed the implications, and added on a bunch of other big stuff that did not happen. (Most of which show little sign of happening.)
So what’s the right grade?
And will we still have World’s Fairs in 2064?