Skip to comments.When will sci-fi tech become real? Sooner than you think
Posted on 03/26/2011 9:50:00 AM PDT by EveningStar
Growing up, physicist Michio Kaku had two heroes.
The first, predictably enough for the man who co-founded a branch of string theory, was Albert Einstein.
"Second?" he said. "I used to watch 'Flash Gordon.' "
Kaku, author of the new book "Physics of the Future: How Science Will Change Daily Life by 2100," combines those two loves on the Science Channel, where he hosts "Sci Fi Science" and a tech-themed segment introducing reruns of sci-fi series "Firefly," which airs at 10 p.m. ET Sundays.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...
I have two of Michio Kaku’s books in my reading queue right now.
I WANT FLYING CARS!!! I was promised them at the 1964 World’s Fair in NY. GM’s “Ride of Tomorrow’’ said we’d have them by 1980! Screwed again!!
I’m still waiting for that little dorm-fridge size nuke plant that would sit in the basement and make all the electricity we’d ever need.
And for flying cars!
Flying cars?Average people can’t operate a car and you want them flying overhead.I’m calling Acme Corp and ordering one of those steel umbrellas that Willy always uses.
I think you’re right. Maybe I was too hasty. Think I’ll call the Amce folks too and start off with something simple-like rocket-powered roller skates. They always worked for Wiley E. Coyote!
>>.Im calling Acme Corp and ordering one of those steel umbrellas that Willy always uses.<<
I just ordered Rocket Skates from them...
You really want to trust government motors to build you a FLYING car that’s reliable? That would be the Chevy DOLT, aka “The Smudgemark” as in what’s left of you after it kisses the ground unexpectedly.
GM wold not call these crashes, but “kinetic landings”.
Why do the roller skates when you can get one of those rockets with the saddle and handlebars?
Well somebody out there must know how to make a safe flying car!! Dang it, I want one!!!
98% of the drivers (and that's a low estimate) out there can't handle two dimensions, most even have trouble with one and you want to add a third!!!
Bring on the Foodarackacycle!
I haz one. (profile page)
NOW THERE YA GO!!! Heck with it, I’m going out to my shed and try and make one!
The future is already here.
After all, Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh are both cyborgs. Pass it on.
No flying car unless you have a pilots license!!!
No drivers in the sky!
Well now, it takes time to work out the kinks in any new invention. I’m sure somebody will figure this out. Flying cars. Just think of it! ZOOM, SWISH!! Look Ma, no insurance!!
“No flying cars unless you have a pilots license!!!”” Ah jeez, always a kill-joy! :-)
Comics are for idiots and those under 5.
Compared to the world I was born into in 1964, the world has gone very much sci fi in some respects.
When I was a kid most people were still watching air broadcasted TV shows on black and white TVs. Party line telephones were still pretty common and you could still find the occasional outhouse on the farm.
On the other hand we watched the moon landing in black and white but have seen very little in manned spaceflight since. We see deeper into space with greater detail all the time but even robotic missions have been pretty anemic.
“Can your fantasy crap and try living in the real world!
Comics are for idiots and those under 5.”
Well, I’m glad you’re not scared of the dark and never have to worry about the “what if’s” of life.
I have the same memories. I was in high school in the mid-Seventies, my stepmother was all over me to pick out a career to devote myself to. I remember sitting down one day and wondering if the profession that would really grab me hadn’t been invented yet.
I do IT now.
> Im still waiting for that little dorm-fridge size nuke plant that would sit in the basement and make all the electricity wed ever need.
Rossi will be providing that sooner than most people think.
“Im glad youre not scared of the dark and never have to worry about the what ifs of life.”
Niether ever entered my mind.
My great grandmother (born in 1900) told me that he mother refused to ride uphill in a car.
The reason being that the early cars didn’t have a great deal of forward torque so they were often driven up steep hills in reverse. My great great grandmother declared that a horse could walk up hill without backing up so that’s what she would do.
She actually had another more practical reason. It seems that a lot of people died on the steep northern Michigan hills when gears and brakes failed.
Ghost drivers in the sky!
But I was showing my Droid2 to a neighbor just the other day and commented that the Dick Tracy Wrist TV was today a reality. And that's just secondary function to what it's mainly meant for. Plus everything else it can do -- almost a laptop in capabilities.
The "video phone" was part of the World That's Coming in the 1960s. And the funny thing about video phones now being commonplace? Hardly anyone uses them.
Saw first plasma screen in a computer mainframe lab in early 80s, they said it would be in tvs soon....... when did it show up on shelves.... 2000 ?? +-
Read 3yrs ago that computers will have no moving parts by replacing spinning-disk-hard drive with flash drive......... tik-tik-tik-tik....
where is that flexable & foldable plastic computer sheet we can read newspapers on???........more tiking....
My maternal grandmother was born in that same year. She drove almost until she passed away in the Seventies.
No such thing!
It ain't ticking anymore, you slept through that alarm. My laptop has a SSD and no spinning platters.
Flying cars are one of those concepts that sounds neat until you factor in the driver and multiply by a few million.
Yep, no lanes in the sky. I’m frustrated enough by old guys in hats on the road. They’d be terrors in the air.
We already have personal communicators.
Someday, cell phones will be feasible.
We just need them really, really little so we can pin them on our shirts instead of having to put them in our pocket.
Wish I had saved all my 1 cent baseball cards. Who knew??
it is not the prevelant method .....yet.
Just think of all the time you would save.
Friends house in another country
It just turned you inside out
Oh well... no technology is perfect. :)
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