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Dammit, Where Are the Flying Cars?

Two pieces on MSNBC today explore predictions about the future that never quite got off the ground.

Some predictions about the future remain forever etched in history: Lord Kelvin’s 1895 declaration that “Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible” or Digital Equipment Corp. head Ken Olson’s 1977 statement that “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” But far more predictions and visions of the future are forgotten long before the future actually happens.

And come to think of it, the heck with the flying cars. Where’s the babysitting robot?

The future isn’t what it used to be
Seven flights of fancy that fizzled
(via Jinkies!)

Posted in Ephemera, Science October 13th, 2006 by Chip
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