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WIRED Found: The Ultimate Collection

I love WIRED magazine. It has excellent features; interesting contributors; an unpatronising writing style; awesome graphic design; unannoying ads; even the paper it’s printed on is good quality. WIRED is, to many, an opinion leading and culturally significant title both on and offline.
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It’s future facing attitude really suits my own, so I’ve been reading it regularly for years. Now the UK title is in print, I buy both that and the US version. Ubergeek, aren’t I?

One of my favourite features was always the back page, the ‘Found’ section, which featured potential realities of our future daily lives.
Sadly no longer supported by the magazine, ‘Found’ lives on as an online Photoshop contest, where readers can submit their own images on subjects such as chewing gum and rehab.

I wanted to find the original images though, and I’ve managed to source the earliest online record (Jan ‘04) up to the last published image (Jul ‘08).

So here they are, in reverse chronological order. They are packed with all sorts of detail and easter eggs, so click on them to see the full images:

The Final Found

From WIRED July 2008, predicted for 2018:

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Wine Spectrometer

From WIRED June 2008, predicted for circa 2020:

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Smithsonian

From WIRED May 2008, predicted for 2096:

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Risk

From WIRED April 2008, predicted for 2027:

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Home Shopping

From WIRED March 2008, predicted for circa 2016:

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Tattoo

From WIRED February 2008, predicted for the near future:

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Windshield

From WIRED January 2008, predicted for 2013:

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Responsibeer

From WIRED December 2007, predicted for 2012:

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Waste Management

From WIRED November 2007, predicted for circa 2025:

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Halloween

From WIRED October 2007, predicted for 2015:

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Birthday

From WIRED September 2007, predicted for 2079:

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Fruit Stand

From WIRED August 2007, predicted for circa 2020:

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Comic Book

From WIRED July 2007, predicted for 2021:

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Fido Fusion

From WIRED June 2007, predicted for 2016:

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Reunion

From WIRED May 2007, predicted for 2052:

Bug Spray

From WIRED April 2007, predicted for circa 2050:

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Medicine Cabinet

From WIRED March 2007, predicted for 2013:

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Speeding Ticket

From WIRED February 2007, predicted for 2054:

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Crayons

From WIRED January 2007, predicted for 2013:

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Christmas Shopping

From WIRED December 2006, predicted for 2017:

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Organ Farming

From WIRED November 2006, predicted for 2015:

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Bluetooth

From WIRED October 2006, predicted for 2019:

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Report Card

From WIRED September 2006, predicted for 2018:

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Diet Cola

From WIRED August 2006, predicted for 2019:

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Contact Lens

From WIRED July 2006, predicted for 2020:

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Bookstore

From WIRED June 2006, predicted for 2021:

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Operation

From WIRED May 2006, predicted for 2027:

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Tax Day

From WIRED April 2006, predicted for 2021:

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MTA Route Map

From WIRED March 2006, predicted for 2067:

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Love Tester

From WIRED February 2006, predicted for 2015:

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Mood Ring

From WIRED January 2006, predicted for 2009:

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Christmas Morning

From WIRED December 2005, predicted for 2016:

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Diaper

From WIRED November 2005, predicted for 2024:

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Sharper Image

From WIRED October 2005, predicted for 2012:

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Space Elevator

From WIRED September 2005, predicted for 2032:

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Crossword

From WIRED August 2005, predicted for 2019:

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Nightstand

From WIRED July 2005, predicted for 2017:

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Antivirus

From WIRED June 2005, predicted for 2022:

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Bumper Sticker

From WIRED May 2005, predicted for 2012:

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Horoscope

From WIRED April 2005, predicted for 2056:

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Insurance Form

From WIRED March 2005, predicted for 2069:

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Taste Tester

From WIRED February 2005, predicted for 2009:

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House Call

From WIRED January 2005, predicted for the near future:

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Barf Bag

From WIRED December 2004, predicted for 2047:

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Election Day

From WIRED November 2004, predicted for 2012:

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Bathroom Vendor

Scanned from WIRED October 2004:

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Lost File

Scanned from WIRED September 2004:

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Box Set

Scanned from WIRED August 2004:

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Power Gym

Scanned from WIRED July 2004:

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20 Big Ones

Scanned from WIRED June 2004:

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Postcards

Scanned from WIRED May 2004:

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Nanobot Inhaler

Scanned from WIRED April 2004:

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Bulletproof Fashion

Scanned from WIRED March 2004:

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Chococeuticals

Scanned from WIRED February 2004:

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Mood Machine

Scanned from WIRED January 2004:

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Thanks to Rhaomi for the brilliant Metafilter article Artifacts from the Future, and to Stuart Candy for his scans that complete the collection, found here on his site.

Any I’ve missed? Let me know!

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Tom Saunter

I like to think about the media, technology, pop-culture & the future. When not blogging, I tweet @freedimensional & work @MediaComUK. Feel free to visit my Personal Bio to learn more about me.