The video was originally aired on December 28, 1966, as part of BBC's Tomorrow's World.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on December 6, 2022. It has since been updated.
Kids aren't often considered intuitive. However, a clip from the year 1966 will make you reconsider this assumption. The video features children in the 1960s making predictions about what life would be like in the year 2000. It is amusing that all their predictions stand true in today's time.
The 40-second-long clip starts with a boy saying, "People will be regarded more as statistics than as actual people." A girl then offered her opinion and said: "I don't think it's going to be so nice. I think, sort of, all machines everywhere, everyone doing everything for you. You know, you'll get all bored and I don't think it will be so nice."
Another young girl then appears and talks about how work would be scarce for people. "First of all, these computers are taking over now. Computers and automation and in the year 2000, there won't be enough jobs to go around and the only jobs there will be, it will be for people with high IQ and those who work computers and such things," she said.
1960s children imagine life in the year 2000 pic.twitter.com/L1mZaJOHmH— Historic Vids (@historyinmemes) November 28, 2022
they were remarkably well prepared for the future. Lot of their concerns WERE talked about in 2000- like ppl becoming statistics, computers taking over, etc. Don't know where they selected them, they were precocious.— Vij Van (@van_vij) November 29, 2022
The first kid was 100% spot on. We are regarded as statistics, well to the capitalist standards and government level.— B. | Free Palestine 🇵🇸 | (@FanOfStuff00) November 29, 2022
Whether he meant it in this way or not, would be very interesting to know.
The other kids predictions I think will be right within the next few hundred years.
Twitter users were stunned to hear the children's opinions. One said, "So prescient. So right. Wonder if these people are alive now, and how they feel about being right." Another wrote, "There's no way this is real is it really? A child knew about computers in the 60s? Something that took up three or four buildings to pretty much do what we can do with a singing birthday card. It's a little too spot on when she's talking about the computers That's all I'm saying." Another said, "Those aren't children. They're prophets. Wow. Such insight!"
BBC Archive posted a longer version of the video on YouTube in December 2021 with the caption: "Pupils from Marlborough college, Roedean and Chippenham schools predict what life will be like for them in the year 2000. With concerns ranging from nuclear armageddon, overpopulation, automation, battery farming and mass unemployment, it's fair to say that most of them aren't especially optimistic about the prospect."
In a similar story, Rosa Beckerton and her husband Peter found a letter written by an 11-year-old on February 23, 1969, while they were refurbishing their sofa. The writer imagines herself as a married bank worker. It reads: "Hello, dear,' he said to me. 'I've just got to ring up my friend on the telephone.' 'Well you'd better tidy yourself up a bit,' I said. In 1969, the telephone was a square box thing with a resiver [sic] on top of it. But now it is still a resiver [sic], but you can see the people you are talking to, for there is a screen where you can see the people. It is a bit like a television." The girl had predicted technological changes like video calling.
The couple made the letter public in the hopes of finding the girl who actually wrote the letter. Rosa said, "When my husband showed it to me I couldn’t believe it. I thought oh my god, look at this. It was just so interesting because looking at it today she’s got a lot of her predictions kind of right, but in her childish innocent way she thought it would all happen in ten years."