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21st century
by anarchisttomato on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 14:35 UTC
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I'm just happy to see stuff that looks like the kind of things we thought we'd have around now, when we were imagining things last century. We're supposed to have hover cars and sky-lanes by 2015! ;) I'm not sure how useful this will be, but screw it. Let's make the world less boring.

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RE: 21st century - 2015..
by jabbotts on Tue 22nd Nov 2011 17:19 in reply to "21st century"
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2007-09-06

2015.. bah.. supposed to have had my flying car by the year 2000 but they keep back-ordering the darn thing. And don't get me started on the space travel we where supposed to have by 2001. By 2010 I should be taking an elevator up to orbiting cities shouldn't I? ;)

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RE[2]: 21st century - 2015..
by zima on Mon 28th Nov 2011 23:53 in reply to "RE: 21st century - 2015.."
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2005-07-06

We have space travel for half a century. Flying cars even longer - they're just called aircraft or, particularly, helicopters.

Yes, not quite the way they are (still) imagined... and there are very good reasons for that. Similar to how we didn't build trains in ways similar to, say, galleons. Different thing, different conditions, different mode of operation - and "cargo cults" (often very "directed" by momentary trends*) of sort, from works of fiction, won't change that (especially considering how most end up quite wrong; we just like to remember those which are kinda-a-bit "correct")

Look at those aircraft http://goo.gl/9TLhg (Wiki URL with Unicode characters, often strange things happen...) from "our" times, as imagined ~130 years ago (*curiously, during rapid advancements of marine tech...). And we can even build them (take a Harrier, remove wings and canopy) - still a horrible idea versus "boring" reality: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ryanair_Boeing_737-800_appro...

Or, sometimes even something ~roadable - I particularly like this one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_People's_Technology_and_Education_Center#I-Fly_Maverick as one of few practical ones - and mostly because it's essentially an oversized powered paraglider trike (but with four wheels obviously ;p )

So I suspect that, with flying cars, the general message of this commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzm6pvHPSGo might get even stronger over time ;)
Plus, in relatively short amount of time: fleets of efficiently moving autonomous cars, making travel not only much smoother already but also not a wasted time (the "different mode" thing), during which everybody can do something.

Space elevator - not only we're nearing the area of "magical technology" (which would massively obsolete old dreams, also of "big and glorious scifi-style space travel") to build it, it's also quite possibly a bad idea around the Earth... (we already might not be too far from Kessler Syndrome)

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RE: 21st century
by zima on Mon 28th Nov 2011 23:58 in reply to "21st century"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm just happy to see stuff that looks like the kind of things we thought we'd have around now, when we were imagining things last century. We're supposed to have hover cars and sky-lanes by 2015! ... Let's make the world less boring.


Nah, we hardly see it IMHO; probably it's more a sort of confirmation bias, we "seek out" those predictions which were rougly not-entirely-incorrect. While many (most?) of the things we imagine are trash.
It coming to druition would be really boring - hardly anybody envisioned computers, mobile phones the way they now evolve; or even, say, trains (plus, my post nearby)

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