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When will sci-fi tech become real? Sooner than you think
CNN ^ | March 25, 2011 | Doug Gross

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.

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TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: future; michiokaku
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1 posted on 03/26/2011 9:50:07 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

I have two of Michio Kaku’s books in my reading queue right now.


2 posted on 03/26/2011 9:51:23 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: EveningStar; Constitution Day

3 posted on 03/26/2011 9:53:01 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: EveningStar

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!!


4 posted on 03/26/2011 9:58:00 AM PDT by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: EveningStar

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!


5 posted on 03/26/2011 9:59:35 AM PDT by bigbob (u)
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To: EveningStar
And you thought the iPhone was cool ...

6 posted on 03/26/2011 10:03:01 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: jmacusa

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.


7 posted on 03/26/2011 10:06:32 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

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!


8 posted on 03/26/2011 10:09:03 AM PDT by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: Farmer Dean

>>.I’m calling Acme Corp and ordering one of those steel umbrellas that Willy always uses.<<

I just ordered Rocket Skates from them...


9 posted on 03/26/2011 10:10:03 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats. /P. J. O'Rourke, 1991)
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To: jmacusa

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”.


10 posted on 03/26/2011 10:10:18 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: jmacusa

Why do the roller skates when you can get one of those rockets with the saddle and handlebars?


11 posted on 03/26/2011 10:11:28 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: jmacusa

GMTA (lol)


12 posted on 03/26/2011 10:11:46 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats. /P. J. O'Rourke, 1991)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Well somebody out there must know how to make a safe flying car!! Dang it, I want one!!!


13 posted on 03/26/2011 10:12:36 AM PDT by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: jmacusa
Flying cars???

No way!!!

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!!!

14 posted on 03/26/2011 10:12:49 AM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: EveningStar

15 posted on 03/26/2011 10:13:07 AM PDT by ROTB (Sans Christian revival, we are government slaves, or nuked by China/Russia when we revolt.)
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To: EveningStar

Bring on the Foodarackacycle!


16 posted on 03/26/2011 10:13:33 AM PDT by FourPeas
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To: Farmer Dean
Why do the roller skates when you can get one of those rockets with the saddle and handlebars?

I haz one. (profile page)

17 posted on 03/26/2011 10:13:44 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Farmer Dean

NOW THERE YA GO!!! Heck with it, I’m going out to my shed and try and make one!


18 posted on 03/26/2011 10:13:56 AM PDT by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: EveningStar

All I want to know is how soon we’ll have lightsabers.
19 posted on 03/26/2011 10:14:10 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Let this chant follow BHO everywhere he goes: "You lie. You lie. You lie.")
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To: EveningStar

The future is already here.

After all, Dick Cheney and Rush Limbaugh are both cyborgs. Pass it on.


20 posted on 03/26/2011 10:17:31 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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To: jmacusa

No flying car unless you have a pilots license!!!

No drivers in the sky!


21 posted on 03/26/2011 10:19:25 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Secret Agent Man

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!!


22 posted on 03/26/2011 10:19:55 AM PDT by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: dalereed

“No flying cars unless you have a pilots license!!!”” Ah jeez, always a kill-joy! :-)


23 posted on 03/26/2011 10:21:44 AM PDT by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: EveningStar
Can your fantasy crap and try living in the real world!

Comics are for idiots and those under 5.

24 posted on 03/26/2011 10:22:10 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: EveningStar

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.


25 posted on 03/26/2011 10:22:20 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Riley; All
I used to be fascinated with Michio Kaku, until he went all-in for the global warming scam. Still can't believe someone as educated as he is swallowed the AGW bait hook, line, and sinker.
26 posted on 03/26/2011 10:26:47 AM PDT by An American in Turkiye
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To: dalereed

“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.


27 posted on 03/26/2011 10:33:17 AM PDT by Texaspeptoman (Even cannibals get fed-up with people sometimes...!)
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To: cripplecreek

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.


28 posted on 03/26/2011 10:34:26 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: bigbob

> 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.

Rossi will be providing that sooner than most people think.


29 posted on 03/26/2011 10:39:13 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Obama did not learn incompetence; he was born to it.)
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To: Texaspeptoman

“I’m glad you’re not scared of the dark and never have to worry about the “what if’s” of life.”

Niether ever entered my mind.


30 posted on 03/26/2011 10:43:22 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: Riley

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.


31 posted on 03/26/2011 10:50:03 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: dalereed

Ghost drivers in the sky!


32 posted on 03/26/2011 10:55:11 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (When all you have is bolt cutters & vodka everything looks like the lock on Wolf Blitzer's boathouse)
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To: oh8eleven
As far as electronics is concerned, the future is definitely now. Except for AI. That's still smoke and mirrors.

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.

33 posted on 03/26/2011 10:55:43 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: EveningStar
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34 posted on 03/26/2011 10:55:51 AM PDT by Sax
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To: EveningStar
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35 posted on 03/26/2011 10:56:02 AM PDT by Sax
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To: EveningStar
....Sooner than you think...

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....

36 posted on 03/26/2011 10:56:18 AM PDT by urtax$@work (The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
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To: cripplecreek

My maternal grandmother was born in that same year. She drove almost until she passed away in the Seventies.


37 posted on 03/26/2011 10:57:08 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: martin_fierro
Heh. Yeah, I'm still waiting for my flying car, too. On second thought, though, the way most people drive in just 2 dimensions, giving them a 3rd one to deal with would be a very bad idea.
38 posted on 03/26/2011 10:57:42 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

No such thing!


39 posted on 03/26/2011 10:59:41 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: urtax$@work
Read 3yrs ago that computers will have no moving parts by replacing spinning-disk-hard drive with flash drive......... tik-tik-tik-tik...

It ain't ticking anymore, you slept through that alarm. My laptop has a SSD and no spinning platters.

40 posted on 03/26/2011 11:05:20 AM PDT by Melas
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41 posted on 03/26/2011 11:06:46 AM PDT by KevinDavis (Where is Code Pink?)
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To: dalereed
True. They would have plowed into the ground. But "Ghost drivers on the ground" just doesn't have the same ring.

Flying cars are one of those concepts that sounds neat until you factor in the driver and multiply by a few million.

42 posted on 03/26/2011 11:08:16 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (When all you have is bolt cutters & vodka everything looks like the lock on Wolf Blitzer's boathouse)
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To: Joe Brower
Moller SkyCar
43 posted on 03/26/2011 11:08:37 AM PDT by jim-x (9/11/2001 - Never forget, Never forgive.)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

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.


44 posted on 03/26/2011 11:11:05 AM PDT by Melas
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To: EveningStar

We already have personal communicators.


45 posted on 03/26/2011 11:12:28 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: EveningStar

Someday, cell phones will be feasible.

46 posted on 03/26/2011 11:12:34 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

We just need them really, really little so we can pin them on our shirts instead of having to put them in our pocket.


47 posted on 03/26/2011 11:13:44 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: oh8eleven
3.98 was a Huge amount of money back then...

Wish I had saved all my 1 cent baseball cards. Who knew??

48 posted on 03/26/2011 11:15:31 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Melas
... My laptop ....

it is not the prevelant method .....yet.

49 posted on 03/26/2011 11:18:49 AM PDT by urtax$@work (The only kind of memorial is a Burning memorial !)
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To: Melas
I would prefer a transporter.

Just think of all the time you would save.

:Bzzz:

Office.

:Bzzz:

Home

:Bzzz:

Friends house in another country

:Bzzz:

It just turned you inside out

Oh well... no technology is perfect. :)

50 posted on 03/26/2011 11:19:39 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (When all you have is bolt cutters & vodka everything looks like the lock on Wolf Blitzer's boathouse)
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