No crystal balls here, but this category is for those visionary people, places or things that led us (or are still leading us) towards the future. Their influence may be direct or it may be via inspiration or ideas. Either way, the dream has to come before the reality.
By way of example, in speaking of visionary people, it is so easy to point to Elon Musk. Musk is leading the charge for the future. He’s an advocate for clean energy via solar power. His company, Tesla, is creating self-driving, electric vehicles. He’s supporting the development of Hyperloop, intended to transport people in high-speed, pneumatic tubes. And SpaceX is reaching towards interplanetary space travel! … oh and he’s a sponsor of OpenAI working to create safe artificial intelligence. I’m not sure what he does in his spare time! ;-)
For places and things, perhaps look to the 1939 New York World’s Fair. With a slogan like “Dawn of a New Day”, the fair brought the world together (somewhat) and gave the public a glimpse of the future. People got their initial look at the fabric “nylon”, as well as a chance to experience one of the marvels that would prominently impact the rest of the century; one of the very first televisions among many other marvels! It was also responsible for inspiring a young Carl Sagan (and possibly many others) to pursue a life of science. I’m not sure whether to classify that as a “place” or a “thing” to be quite honest, since there are still some remnants that can be seen today. I find it interesting that, coming at the end of the Great Depression and only 6 months before World War II began, the organizers felt optimistic enough about the future of mankind to create a time capsule that was scheduled to be opened 5000 years after they put it in the ground.
Just anything that I felt could represent the idea of visionary, from dreaming of space ships taking flight (presumably in your mind’s eye), to robots (or is it an astronaut?) to a robot dreaming of interstellar travel.
Card backgrounds are unlikely to change because of the retrofitting it would require, but your thoughts and observations are always welcome.