I’m reminded of David Brin’s (more optimistic) take on a 1984-style future in Earth:
It’s been more than two decades since Earth was first published. Since then, some things have eerily come true. The prediction getting the most attention was the book’s portrayal of a vivid, dynamic world wide web — though under a different name. (Note how the web-address system it uses differs from the URL codes that developed a few years later.) Some people credit Earth with foreseeing the ‘web page’ and self-forming internet communities, but the ideas were already latent — almost obvious — when Brin began writing the book in 1987.
The same holds true for ‘wearable’ computing… the ability to walk about in wireless contact with a seamless Net, looking up information, even through your VR glasses. Some say this first appeared in Earth , but several people spoke of similar possibilities even earlier.
As for Global Warming, a looming refugee crisis, the need for young people to demand a place amid an aging population, the desperate struggle to preserve species and all the rest… even the notion of a micro-black hole as an ultimate “environmental threat”… none of these originated with Earth .
I think that description will need updating, as one of the main characters digitally colorizes, adds actors and changes films for a living.