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8/21/2019Task: Looking Forward from the Past1/8Task 1Looking Forward from the PastIn this activity, you will examine some predictions from the past. You will read documents and look atimages that predicted the future at different times in the past and decide whether those predictionsdid or did not come true. Then, you will write short essays that analyze the sources and explain theirconclusions.Part ARead these excerpts from three primary sources:Source 1This view of the future comes from John Wilkins (1614–1672), an English clergyman, naturalist, andwriter, who helped found the Royal Society for Natural Knowledge in England:Yet I do seriously and on good grounds affirm it possible to make a flying chariot in which a manmay sit and give such a motion unto it as shall convey him through the air. And this perhaps mightbe made large enough to carry diverse men at the same time, together with food for their viaticumand commodities for traffic. It is not the bigness of anything in this kind that can hinder its motion,if the motive faculty be answerable thereunto. We see a great ship swims as well as a small cork,and an eagle flies in the air as well as a little gnat.Source: John Wilkins fromA Discourse Concerning a New World and Another Planet,book 1, 1640Source 2Nikola Tesla (1856–1943) was a Serbian American inventor, scientist, engineer, and entrepreneur whoworked with electricity and contributed to the development of alternating current. He made thesepredictions about the future:It will soon be possible, for instance, for a business man in New York to dictate instructions andhave them appear instantly in London or elsewhere. He will be able to call up from his desk andtalk with any telephone subscriber in the world. It will only be necessary to carry an inexpensive

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