In The Future We Will All Have Gills…


and live in underwater cities made of lollipops and children’s dreams. And we will tour the ocean depths with Undersea Tourist Boats! O what a glorious future we will have when the year 2000 comes! 

PZ turned me on to the Paleo-Future blog, a wonderful site where the future of yesteryear is relived. The above image is the only one to come true from a series of postcards produced by Hildebrands (a leading German chocolate company of the time). Paleo-Future also has a some more posts on future human inhabitation of the world’s oceans.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

3 Replies to “In The Future We Will All Have Gills…”

  1. If not undersea, why not sea level cities?
    I have a friend who thinks sea cities are a silly idea. Whenever I mention it in a conversation he says “haven’t I uprooted this idea from your mind yet?” :-/

  2. Those German pictures were amusing but the article linked below actually got quite a few predictions quite close (although it missed out completely on the airplane, of course)

  3. I can see why underwater cities might not be a smashing idea, but certainly more underwater installations are in order. There’s a lot of technological barriers, but I think its definitely going to be one of our more important resources if not during the later half of this century, then certainly sometime in the next.

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