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The Future Has Yet to Arrive....

 
 
Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 06:14 pm
Boston Globe article on several past futuristic/tech predictions that never came true.
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/gallery/Thingswedonthavein2010/
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Chatting with dolphins
As scientists realized that the break between humans and other animals wasn't nearly as distinct as once believed, they became more and more curious about animal behavior, even animal psychology. One of those researchers, John Lilly, speculated that if we could only figure out the lingo, human beings should be able to one day talk to dolphins and whales.

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The flying car
Nothing says "future" quite like the flying car. Since the earliest years of the 20th century, the flying car has seemed the next logical step for a nation captivated by the romance of unfettered mobility, a machine that would let us zip above the rooftops just to go to the grocery store or the dry cleaner.

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Artificial ocean
In the late 1960s, a think tank, the Hudson Institute, aired a proposal to create an ocean the size of Germany smack in the middle of the fat, upper half of South America.



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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 06:19 pm
@tsarstepan,
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In the late 1960s, a think tank, the Hudson Institute, aired a proposal to create an ocean the size of Germany smack in the middle of the fat, upper half of South America.


. . . uh. . . for what purpose?
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 06:24 pm
@Merry Andrew,
I had a similar idea but create seas in the Mojave and Sahara Deserts and for the purpose of ...
1. ... a solution controlling the potential floods from the seemingly inevitable rising oceans from global warming;
2. Ocean-water Desalination megaplants to get fresh water to major drought areas;
3. Potential fishing industries (massive scale fish farms);
4. Etc....
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hamburgboy
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 06:35 pm
@tsarstepan,
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The flying car
Nothing says "future" quite like the flying car. Since the earliest years of the 20th century, the flying car has seemed the next logical step for a nation captivated by the romance of unfettered mobility, a machine that would let us zip above the rooftops just to go to the grocery store or the dry cleaner.


all we need are grocery stores in the airports , home airports instead of carports and we'll be in business .

roger
 
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Reply Sun 27 Dec, 2009 07:42 pm
@hamburgboy,
And a somewhat higher tolerance for prop wash and noise.
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