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9th Sep '17 3:17:52 AM Korodzik
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* The meme [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/i-bet-there-will-be-flying-cars-in-the-future "I Bet There Will Be Flying Cars in the Future"]], taking the rough form:
-->1980: "I bet there will be flying cars in the future"
-->2017: [image of some ridiculous/bizarre bit of modern culture]
27th Aug '17 9:43:18 AM MadAnthony94
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* In ''ComicBook/{{Judge Dredd}}'', the inhabitants of Mega-City One are known to have mental breakdowns ("Future Shock") from being unable to cope with how squalid, shallow, harsh, polluted, degraded and downright crappy the future turned out to be.
12th Jul '17 9:30:08 PM danlansdowne
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* SeaQuestDSV, the first season of which is set in 2018, is on the verge of being this.
15th Jun '17 6:01:49 AM Piterpicher
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* FlightOfTheConchords make fun of this trope with their song Robots, which they supposedly wrote "some time ago":

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* FlightOfTheConchords Music/FlightOfTheConchords make fun of this trope with their song Robots, which they supposedly wrote "some time ago":



* "Future" by ToddRundgren.

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* "Future" by ToddRundgren.Music/ToddRundgren.



* The song "The World Before Later On" by TheyMightBeGiants

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* The song "The World Before Later On" by TheyMightBeGiantsMusic/TheyMightBeGiants.



* While the future and technology in general are common themes in MachinaeSupremacy albums, the titular track off "A View From The End Of The World" directly invokes this and other predictions that fell flat:

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* While the future and technology in general are common themes in MachinaeSupremacy Music/MachinaeSupremacy albums, the titular track off "A View From The End Of The World" directly invokes this and other predictions that fell flat:
30th May '17 6:35:00 PM nombretomado
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This trope is named for the punch-line to Leo's rant in an episode of ''TheWestWing'' on how we did not get the future we were promised.

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This trope is named for the punch-line to Leo's rant in an episode of ''TheWestWing'' ''Series/TheWestWing'' on how we did not get the future we were promised.
27th May '17 4:58:39 PM Pinokio
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* It's not that flying cars don't exist, it's that they're not mass produced in quantities to create traffic that might necessitate an infrastructure of lights to direct traffic into air traffic lanes as seen in some movies.
11th May '17 6:50:07 AM Kalaong
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** ''Film/BackToTheFuture'': The trope is played with in an [[WhatCouldHaveBeen early draft]]. Marty reveals to 1955 Doc Brown that the Delorean time machine is powered by Coca-Cola. When he gets back to 1985, he finds that it's been transformed into a {{Zeerust}} pseudo-future, essentially what people in the 50s thought the 80s would be like -- complete with Coke-powered flying cars designed by Brown. Rock and Roll never caught on, but it's implied that Marty is about to embark on a career as a rock star, replaying various songs from his home time from memory\\

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** ''Film/BackToTheFuture'': The trope is played with in an [[WhatCouldHaveBeen early draft]]. Marty reveals to 1955 Doc Brown that the Delorean time machine machine's nuclear power source is powered by catalyzed with Coca-Cola. When he gets back to 1985, he finds that it's been transformed into a {{Zeerust}} pseudo-future, essentially what people in the 50s thought the 80s would be like -- like, complete with Coke-powered flying cars designed by Brown. and jet packs - Marty's dad actually complains about a monthly power bill that's over ''two dollars''; as a result of the movie's events, Brown abandoned time travel research and focused on Coke-catalyzed nuclear energy, which has made him the most respected and richest scientist in ''history.'' Rock and Roll never caught on, but it's implied that Marty is about to embark on a career as a rock star, replaying various songs from his home time from memory\\
3rd May '17 6:55:19 PM PaulA
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* Satirized in WilliamGibson's short story ''The Gernsback Continuum'', set in 1980; the central character finds himself inadvertently "peeking" into an alternate 1980 -- the one imagined by 1930s filmmakers, in which everyone lives in [[http://www.davidszondy.com/future/city/everytown.htm monumental towered cities]], the average car looks like "an aluminum avocado with a shark's fin", and people wear "[[CrystalSpiresAndTogas white togas and Lucite sandals]]" and say things like, "John, we've forgotten to take our food pills."

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* Satirized in WilliamGibson's Creator/WilliamGibson's short story ''The Gernsback Continuum'', set in 1980; the central character finds himself inadvertently "peeking" into an alternate 1980 -- the one imagined by 1930s filmmakers, in which everyone lives in [[http://www.davidszondy.com/future/city/everytown.htm monumental towered cities]], the average car looks like "an aluminum avocado with a shark's fin", and people wear "[[CrystalSpiresAndTogas white togas and Lucite sandals]]" and say things like, "John, we've forgotten to take our food pills."
30th Apr '17 11:08:21 AM nombretomado
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* Parodied in Conan O'Brien's "In the Year 2000" segments, which predicted wildly futuristic events, even though the segments started only a few years before 2000. The sketches continued into and past the year 2000 without altering the sketch (including its name), making the essential premise even funnier. With his move to ''TheTonightShow'', changed to "In the Year 3000". The joke also changed: Everything in the year "3000" was clearly about 2009.

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* Parodied in Conan O'Brien's "In the Year 2000" segments, which predicted wildly futuristic events, even though the segments started only a few years before 2000. The sketches continued into and past the year 2000 without altering the sketch (including its name), making the essential premise even funnier. With his move to ''TheTonightShow'', ''Series/TheTonightShow'', changed to "In the Year 3000". The joke also changed: Everything in the year "3000" was clearly about 2009.
17th Apr '17 5:05:19 PM nombretomado
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* StephenBaxter's ''Literature/{{Titan}}'' (written in 1997) has in the year 2008 full VirtualReality simulations as commonplace, people could go to cybercafes and interact with others using interactive masks that simulated the feeling of the wind, sun, smells and even tastes.

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* StephenBaxter's Creator/StephenBaxter's ''Literature/{{Titan}}'' (written in 1997) has in the year 2008 full VirtualReality simulations as commonplace, people could go to cybercafes and interact with others using interactive masks that simulated the feeling of the wind, sun, smells and even tastes.
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