THE FUTURE: Electrified

In ten years' time, the gadget-laden U.S. householder will be able to do almost everything but change the baby with the flick of a switch. So predicted General Electric's Vice President W. V. O'Brien last week. Electronic devices will thaw frozen foods, cook them in a matter of minutes or seconds; electric incinerators will burn up the waste. Heat pumps (for both heating and cooling homes) will mushroom from the few thousand now in use to 500,000. There will be television screens that hang like pictures on the wall, connected to the set only by a thin wire.

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