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The future’s not what it used to be…

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When I was a kid I used to read Look and Learn – a magazine that was half educational and half kid’s comic. The educational side tended to focus on science, technology, and the future. I was an avid reader and totally believed the predictions that by the year 2000 we’d be enjoying holidays on the moon, travelling to work in flying cars, and would have so much leisure time that we’d all be first rate sportsmen (and sportswomen).

Around the same time I used to watch Gerry Anderson’s UFO TV series which portrayed the near future as a world where we’d be all wearing silver jumpsuits or Nehru suits, driving jet-powered cars, and there’d be several permanently manned bases on the moon.

In the mid- to late-1970s BBC1’s Tomorrow’s World predicted a world of domestic robots and so much leisure time we’d need to find new ways of filling it.

So, here we are, living in the future… What happened ? I don’t own a silver jumpsuit (or a Nehru suit). My car is powered by a conventional petrol engine and doesn’t fly. I check the travel brochures every few years but I’ve yet to see any offering a holiday on the moon.

What we got instead was mobile phones, personal computers, and flat screen TVs.

It’s all very disappointing…


Written by Sea Monkey

April 12, 2010 at 7:00 pm

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