(CBS News) “Yesterday’s tomorrow” was a wondrous place, full of amazing gadgets and technologies many experts told us were just around the corner. So why aren’t we there yet?
The world of tomorrow: Trains zooming from coast to coast via vacuum tubes . . . gleaming cities in the sky . . . and, of course, flying cars. That was what the future was supposed to hold for us.
“I grew up expecting to live on the Moon, to be able to travel in rockets,” said writer and illustrator Ron Miller. “When ‘2001’ came out, there was a future that looked really possible. So in 30 odd years we could probably have space stations, and passenger liners going to and from space stations, run by Pan Am!”
“I think sometimes people were a little too optimistic in the past, and they’re too pessimistic today,” replied Kriskiewicz. “You know, we all walk around with the entire Internet in our pocket, in our phones. I mean it’s incredible. Life expectancies have gone up. Disease has fallen around the world dramatically. The cars we drive, the homes we live in, are so much more efficient and safer and capable. We tend to really romanticize the past and catastrophize the present.” ……..Such as Louis C.K.’s routine about people who complain and whine about the hardships of air travel: ” ‘I had to sit on the runway for 40 minutes.’ Oh my God, really? What happened then? Did you fly through the air like a bird, incredibly? Did you soar into the clouds, impossibly? Did you partake in the miracle of human flight, and then land softly on giant tires that you couldn’t even conceive how they f****** put air in them? . . . You’re sitting in a chair in the sky! You’re like a Greek myth right now!”
WOW, WOOOOOOOOOOWWWW, WOW……..OH, OH, LOOKY HERE……what’s this????
100 years of stagnant, kindergarten grasp of nuclear energy (anything else is top secret, no need to know) gave us this:
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