Archived 1960 Russian filmstrip imagines the futuristic world of 2017

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Jan 6, 2017, 12:42 PM EST

The great Arthur C. Clarke once mused that "The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic." Scientists, authors, artists, filmmakers and visionaries love to speculate about what a possible far future might look and feel like, but few have ever come close.  As we pull the fresh wrapper off a brand new year, it's only natural to hypothesize about the state of the world 50 years from now and what marvelous miracles might be awaiting.  A rare 1960 Diafilm filmstrip from Mother Russia has surfaced and been spliced together, highlighting some of the fanciful sci-fi concept artwork created by Soviet illustrator L. Smekhov.

Written by V. Strukova and V. Shevchenko, this imaginative peek into a potential future is filled with photon interstellar rocketships, mole-like drilling machines, atomic-powered trains and utopian cities that were predicted in a state of supreme optimism.  Which of these inventions do you wish were a part of the actual 2017?

(Via Gizmodo)