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Jules Verne, between dreams and wisdom Roberta by Preligens

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When Jules Verne was born in 1828 in Nantes, France, Napoleon had just died on Saint Helena, humanity was still writing with quill pens, and was travelling on foot or by carriage - cars and trains did not exist on the European continent, which remained 80% rural back then. So how did Jules Verne manage to predict the future and democratize science several generations ahead of time? Where did he get these intuitions that anticipated the potential and risks of the machines we use today, such as videoconferencing platforms, submarines or even the trans-oceanic tube from which Elon Musk seems to have borrowed the concept for his Hyperloop tunnel ? 

When Jules Verne was born in 1828 in Nantes, France, Napoleon had just died on Saint Helena, humanity was still writing with quill pens, and was travelling on foot or by carriage - cars and trains did not exist on the European continent, which remained 80% rural back then. So how did Jules Verne manage to predict the future and democratize science several generations ahead of time? Where did he get these intuitions that anticipated the potential and risks of the machines we use today, such as videoconferencing platforms, submarines or even the trans-oceanic tube from which Elon Musk seems to have borrowed the concept for his Hyperloop tunnel ? 

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