Note: Y2K and Beyond: Searching the Future, and the Futures of the Past

This is a planet of young people. The majority of people in the world today are too young to have experienced the anticipation (and often dread) of Y2K. Y2K was the moment when all the operating systems on Earth (except the Macintosh OS) would roll over to the date 0000-00-00, and crash. It was the end of the world. The first city fated to crash was Moscow and all eyes were on the Moscow skyline as the seconds counted down to Armageddon. Of course, nothing happened, but then it was the turn of Warsaw, then Berlin, then Paris and then London. When it was the turn of New York, no one would admit to ever having been concerned about Y2K.

Our databases still have the descriptor “Y2K”, but that is not the limit to the descriptors we have for the future. In addition to the terms “Forecasts” or “Futurism” (which has a rather restricted usage), we have future year descriptors, such as “Year 2030”, “Year 2040″, or Year 2019”, not to mention “Year 1995” or Year “2017”.

Abstracts and documents often discuss the future and we precisely descriptor it, differentiating an article that deals with something that transpired in 2017, from an article that forecast something in that future year 2017, such as the sales of electric cars in “Year 2017”.

Every past had its future, and we make it easy for you to find those futures. As always, our interest is in facilitating finding the information you need, precisely.