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Kira0309 wrote:
plus the mini-segways that are commercially available are technically hoverboards.


But, but... they don't float.


It's a misnomer.
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There is still time
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At least we still have lawyers.
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we have flying car in the making and something sorta like hover boards they dont float but the look very very close together but hey Im not going too complain im lucky enough too have the stuff we have now
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Humanity failed to advance.

Nowadays, we use the internet to waste time (taking Selfies, follow idiotic fads, etc.) instead of doing research for an innovative project.

At least people had created over 1000 dank memes, that's something to be proud of.
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Remember this is just an alternate point in the time line. We need to go back to 1955 and change things.
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Ejanss wrote:(But to answer the question, Bush screwed up our entire Flash Gordon 21st-century, by giving us an entire key decade when we couldn't build HAL or go to Jupiter, and all we could do for eight years was babysit some scruffy foreigners who liked to ham it up on home video...)


I entirely supported efforts in the middle east, to a point, and I think that point has passed. Also, I would have been more in favor of a legit war, but as you said, it was combative babysitting, really. Sad that so many of those service members gave up so much so we could just watch the middle east fuck it up again. If we would have done it right, it would have been done.... but I digress.

My point to this was to say you are severely underestimating what the war in the middle east has done for technological advancements. We have a ton of new, neat equipment, PLUS we learned a LOT about treating gunshot trauma.
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it's the 22nd now
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Yeah... I'm still waiting for all those.
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Will 3D printers suffice?
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I think Spongebob was more accurate.

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SportingNightRaid wrote:

Humanity failed to advance.

Nowadays, we use the internet to waste time (taking Selfies, follow idiotic fads, etc.) instead of doing research for an innovative project.

At least people had created over 1000 dank memes, that's something to be proud of.


So no one uses the Internet for research just because people use the Internet for entertainment.

Also I'm kinda glad we don't have flying cars I mean have you seen people drive in general

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Most major inventions/discoveries have almost always been made by one of three things:

1. Need. When was the last time we had one on a mass scale?

2. Some decently smart guy had enough money/resources to be bored and got curious instead of simply being a playboy. We have satellite TV, video games, anime, online dating, enough data in the palm of your hand to obsolete the Encyclopedia Britanica... Who doesn't have a distraction?

3. Accident, which also requires an observer smart enough to understand what just happened and someone wise enough to understand it's value. Mostly luck, though because of 1 and 2 we've all but engineered the need for/value of wisdom obsolete. Didn't learn from the ant and the grasshopper? File bankruptcy. Too incompetent to dig ditches, make sandwhiches or answer phones? Have some gov't aid. Not smart enough to realize the stove is hot? Add a warning label. Burn your hand anyway? File a lawsuit and get it paid for.


animegirl2222 wrote:

People in the eighties had such optimistic hopes for future tech.…


Why not? Their grandparents had ridden to school on horses bareback and could only listen to music live. They had mass produced airplanes, automatic weapons, cars, color TV, Walkmans, Atari, PC's... Great grandpa had to pump his water, mom had electricity supplied by nuclear power. That's actually quite a bit. Society has been pushed in a whole new direction.

Things like electrical engineering and computer science are new fields of study; despite how ingrained their products are into our culture. In the future, my grandkids probably won't believe that they were related to a few people that made their living as computer programmers before there was a college degree for it. As it is, I remember my daughter getting frustrated because she had to wait for a VHS tape to rewind and when she went to her grandmother's she couldn't understand why she had to wait for her show to come on (I don't have cable).

And something tells me you wouldn't understand why the joke my boss tells about his kid sticking a PBJ in the VCR is funny. Not a crack on your age or lack of knowing something, just a sign of technological change and progress. (Though that last bit is only 13 years difference. We're kinda stuck riding out the wave that came with the advent of mass production and 2 world wars. We're stuck until another real breakthrough comes along.)

But back to your statement, why wouldn't they have such high hopes for the next 30 years?


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So no one uses the Internet for research just because people use the Internet for entertainment.

Also I'm kinda glad we don't have flying cars I mean have you seen people drive in general



True. Actually, when they first invented the helicopter some were predicting that in 10-20 years they would replace cars. Turns out, "driving" on a 3 dimensional axis is kinda... hard. Not to mention, by the time you add in all the safety crap, fuel consumption, maintenance... they get expensive.
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