Ben’s 10 Volume LXVVI: The Bold Technological Predictions of Kraftwerk

Between 1975 and 1981, German band Kraftwerk had an impressive run of four concept albums, pioneering electronic music. Their themes centered around technological innovations and their impact on mankind’s future. Here are some of the songs found on those records.

 

Home Computer (1981)

Just imagine a world where computers are as prevalent in our homes as televisions.

 

Pocket Calculator (1981)

Someday, calculator technology may become so advanced, they could fit in your pocket.

 

Drones (1975)

Unmanned aerial vehicles used for surveillance and military operations? That is just crazy!

 

Techno Pop (1981)

A song about music that not only incorporated electronic elements, but predicted its widespread popularity.

 

The Robots (1978)

In the future, robots may be used for manufacturing and other practical purposes.

 

Computer World (1981)

On this visionary song, Kraftwerk dared to imagine a time when computers would be used all over the world, incorporated into our everyday life.

 

Spacelab (1978)

From their album Man-Machine, “Spacelab” describes an orbiting international research facility.

 

Cellular Phone (1976)

This track envisioned the use of cord-free cellular phones, able to make calls from anywhere.

 

Search Mechanism (1978)

Though they came to be called “search engines,” Kraftwerk incredibly predicted a future where all of human knowledge would not only be available through computers, but also searchable.

 

Text Message (1978)

Shockingly accurate, this track predicts communicating with others on a mobile device using text, rather than voice communications.

 

About Ben Allen

Our music editor Ben Allen was born one stormy evening in a quaint Northern California coastal village. Upon birth he was immediately exposed to the soothing analog sounds of artists such as Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles, Paul Simon, Captain Beefheart and Santana. As the lad grew, so did his appreciation for an assortment of abrasive hard rock. A pubescent flirtation with butt metal was shattered in the early 1990’s by exposure to Nirvana and other so-called “Alternative” bands. While in college, our protagonist became a DJ on a local station, and began work as a freelance music journalist. During this period he became entranced with artists such as Tortoise, Slint, Modest Mouse, Guided By Voices and Pavement. Currently Allen resides in Arcata, CA where he continues to obsess and salivate over new recordings by his favorite artists. He works with music industry people to ensure that Savage Henry’s contributors receive music and other promotional materials. He also writes a silly monthly list titled “Ben’s 10.”

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