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Electron Stu
Post subject: 17 Years
Post Posted: Apr 24, 2020 2:21 am
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So, did anyone else come to the realization that Overseer happens in 17 years? The blinking light on my Overseer box still works and that's been 22 years! If 17 sounds like a lot, remember, we waited 16 years to get Tesla Effect. So yeah, just thought I'd share that.

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Post Posted: Apr 24, 2020 5:05 am
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Wow! Hadn't thought about that. Thank you for bringing up a memory that hasn't happened yet. Wait! What did I just say?

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Post subject: Re: 17 Years
Post Posted: Apr 24, 2020 9:53 am
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Here is an interesting video on why there aren't flying cars and likely never will be: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdAQefnZsLk

Basically, the need to travel vertically has already been served by tunnels, bridges, overpasses, subways, and helicopters. Also, if your flying car malfunctions in the air, you are dead.

Another thing is that very often the world depicted in science fiction is often way more advanced than it actually will be, e.g. 2001 is nowhere nearly advanced as in 2001: A Space Odyssey, etc. Those predictions were usually made at a time when a lot of innovations were going on and that led people to over-predict the future.

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Post subject: Re: 17 Years
Post Posted: May 03, 2020 7:54 pm
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kevin_y wrote:
Here is an interesting video on why there aren't flying cars and likely never will be: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdAQefnZsLk

Basically, the need to travel vertically has already been served by tunnels, bridges, overpasses, subways, and helicopters. Also, if your flying car malfunctions in the air, you are dead.

Another thing is that very often the world depicted in science fiction is often way more advanced than it actually will be, e.g. 2001 is nowhere nearly advanced as in 2001: A Space Odyssey, etc. Those predictions were usually made at a time when a lot of innovations were going on and that led people to over-predict the future.


Well in 2001 they at least got the video chat right... although down here on earth :lol:

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Post subject: Re: 17 Years
Post Posted: May 10, 2020 1:30 pm
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dave343 wrote:
kevin_y wrote:
Here is an interesting video on why there aren't flying cars and likely never will be: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdAQefnZsLk

Basically, the need to travel vertically has already been served by tunnels, bridges, overpasses, subways, and helicopters. Also, if your flying car malfunctions in the air, you are dead.

Another thing is that very often the world depicted in science fiction is often way more advanced than it actually will be, e.g. 2001 is nowhere nearly advanced as in 2001: A Space Odyssey, etc. Those predictions were usually made at a time when a lot of innovations were going on and that led people to over-predict the future.


Well in 2001 they at least got the video chat right... although down here on earth :lol:


The thing that past predictions got wrong was the size of such video chat device. No one could predict a pocket-size video-phone device. Back then they still thought it would be as big as a refrigerator.

Regarding flying cars, we are stuck in thinking about current tech when we make those predictions. It's like centuries ago, people only knew horses as transportation, and they dreamed about horses that would not tire, horses that could run twice as fast, etc. They didn't realize that to have breakthroughs in traveling speed and distance, we might not need horses at all, but something entirely different - an entirely different realm of technology. And THAT'S our mindset when we dream of flying cars. To have better means of traveling vertically (or via another dimensions), we might not need cars at all, but something totally different.

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