[FoRK] Where the F&@# is my flying car?

Malcolm Greenshields < greenshields at uleth.ca > on > Mon Sep 11 10:16:45 PDT 2006

Brian Atkins wrote:

> Malcolm Greenshields wrote:
>> What happened? In elementary school the 50's, we were all promised 
>> flying cars in the *FUTURE*, along with completely robotic kitchens 
>> (when we didn't want to eat meals available in a single pill), and we 
>> were going to have so much leisure that we would all be swanning 
>> about, thinking of and doing "higher things."
> Blame yourself for buying into corporate propaganda. It was mostly 
> consumer-oriented companies like GM that output those crap ideas:
> http://www.boingboing.net/2006/09/10/propaganda_films_for.html
> This was not any kind of serious, even semi-scientific attempt to 
> really figure out potential timelines for future developments. It was 
> some marketing guys sitting around a room coming up with things they 
> thought housewives of the 50s would think sounded cool, and they hoped 
> would reflect back on their company to help sell some cars with fins.

I'm not sure that blaming eight-year-olds is quite fair. Nobody really 
believed it anyway. It was just American TV, and it helped us to develop 
a sense of irony and skepticism, the spirit in which my last mail was 

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