It's 2007, where did we go wrong?

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I know it's cliche to say this, but weren't we supposed to have flying cars by now? It's actually pretty funny, in the 20s and 30s the vision of 2001 was a ridiculous floating metaverse of shiny tights. Now if you'd ask someone what 2050 is going to be like you're either going to get a Mad Max scenario or a picture that's very close to what we already have, except with bell bottoms being cool again.

And yet, if you look at technological innovation, haven't the past 30 years been even MORE revolutionary than the first 30 years of the 20th century? Shouldn't our expectations increase instead of decrease?

Or are we actually living in that tight clothed metaverse and we don't even realize it?

Now that leggings are becoming chic maybe we're not too far off...




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This post was edited by Omar on 1/29/2007 2:39 PM

While we don't have flying cars or robots brushing our teeth, we do have the Internet, mobile devices, cloning, GPS, and other amazing new technologies. The problem with predicting the future is that you put your own "current" spin into the prediction. For example, people's predictions of the future center around social networks and mobile devices, but don't at all address much more realistic scenarios as space dinosaurs with laser beams for eyes:

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