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Old September 28 2014, 07:26 AM   #1
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What did you think the future would be like?

In the past what did you think the world was going to look like in 2014? did you ever expect like it does today or not?
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Old September 28 2014, 09:38 AM   #2
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Re: What did you think the future would be like?

It depends on how far back you want to go. When I was a kid, yeah, I figured the future would be flying cars, hoverboards, pretty much everything Back to the Future II promised.

By the time I was a teen, in the 1990s, I figured the future would be bright, and happy, that we would have a base on the Moon, missions ready for Mars, a huge space station in orbit (what we have pales by comparison, trust me), and diseases like diabetes and cancer would be cured, or at least drastically diminished.

I didn't foresee what fear, ignorance, and an increasingly insular nature would do to that future. Now when I look to the future, I just see gray. Lots of gray.
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Old September 28 2014, 09:55 AM   #3
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Re: What did you think the future would be like?

Ditto, more or less. I'm still very optimistic about the future, but more realistic about time scales. When I was a kid in the 60s, the 21st century meant peace, enlightenment, and advancement into the solar system. I definitely did not foresee global terrorism, Generation Hipster, and the nearly complete abandonment of manned space flight.
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Old September 28 2014, 10:56 AM   #4
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Re: What did you think the future would be like?

I think the manned space flight part got me the most. Even in the 80s the dream was huge! We were taking the brand spanking new shuttle up into space, repairing satellites, deploying the Hubble, and setting ourselves up for an expansion outward, and then *pbbbbt*, down it went.

Of course, if the government doubled NASA's budget, we'd be kicking ass again.
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Old September 28 2014, 02:47 PM   #5
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Re: What did you think the future would be like?

I don't know, but it sure as hell wasn't this.
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Old September 28 2014, 05:32 PM   #6
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^ Pretty much.
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Old September 28 2014, 05:38 PM   #7
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^^ Yeah, better than what we've got, that's for sure. I was expecting something like the show that made me a sci-fi fan in 1959, Men Into Space.
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Old September 28 2014, 06:33 PM   #8
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Re: What did you think the future would be like?

Prologue to the Bell riots!

I don't remember what I thought. But at this point in time, the movie Idiocracy seems prophetic.
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Old September 28 2014, 07:36 PM   #9
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I'm still waiting for my flying car.

But I suspect like others this isn't the future we imaginedor where people thought we wouild be,
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Old September 28 2014, 08:28 PM   #10
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Re: What did you think the future would be like?

Well, we got the consumer devices.

Let me tell you guys how I invented the lap-top (I know, groan)

I would always get the cardboard boxes every time my parents got a new appliance.

And the fold in a lid made for a nice laptop. I used a magic marker to draw a button grid (QWERTY? what's that?) and used the marker up drawing a screen.

I ran around with my exploration kit model with the communicator.

I told my friends that, though it would be awhile before we ever got a phaser, or even a tricorder, a communicator shaped device wasn't that far in the future. We already had the communicator shaped walkie talkie already, right?

Now that I can buy one...I don't want it.

Doesn't feel like 2014.

Feels more like 1972.
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Old September 28 2014, 08:48 PM   #11
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Re: What did you think the future would be like?

The future is still 5 years away yet.
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Old September 28 2014, 09:09 PM   #12
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Re: What did you think the future would be like?

MacLeod wrote: View Post
I'm still waiting for my flying car.

But I suspect like others this isn't the future we imaginedor where people thought we wouild be,
And I'm still waiting for my flying wheelchair!

And no, this is NOT the future I was told to expect. When I was growing up, I kept hearing how we would have colonies on the moon by 2000. I can still remember being eight years old, and doing the math, figuring that would be thirty in 2000, and just the right age to enjoy it.

Don't get me wrong things are not all bad today, but after my personal experiences in the last 11 years, all I really want is to be that eight year old kid again.
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Old September 28 2014, 09:25 PM   #13
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Re: What did you think the future would be like?

Here ya go.



I remember watching this when I was a kid and thinking looked pretty cool. Now it looks more like a Hanna Barbera vision of the future.
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Old September 28 2014, 09:59 PM   #14
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urbandefault wrote: View Post
Here ya go.



I remember watching this when I was a kid and thinking looked pretty cool. Now it looks more like a Hanna Barbera vision of the future.
At least they got the home entertainment system somewhat right. The furniture, office, and computer stuff is pretty funny.
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Old September 28 2014, 11:02 PM   #15
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Re: What did you think the future would be like?

I thought it would suck less.
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