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16th Nov '16 6:00:37 PM nombretomado
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* The first half of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsFfBB2W7IA this sketch]] by Creator/KevinSmith features Dante and Randall from ''{{Clerks}}'' discussing this trope while sitting in traffic, with a FlyingCar instead of a jetpack. Then it has Dante asking Randall [[{{Squick}} what he'd do for a flying car]]...

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* The first half of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsFfBB2W7IA this sketch]] by Creator/KevinSmith features Dante and Randall from ''{{Clerks}}'' ''Film/{{Clerks}}'' discussing this trope while sitting in traffic, with a FlyingCar instead of a jetpack. Then it has Dante asking Randall [[{{Squick}} what he'd do for a flying car]]...
9th Nov '16 5:29:33 PM nombretomado
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* Sci-fi writer Main/JohnCWright has pointedly asked, in essence, "How is a private helicopter not a flying limousine, exactly?"[[note]]It needs complex and arduous training and licensing to be able to fly it, and even more to fly it in rough weather. While nearly everyone can gain a driving license to drive a car anytime in any weather.[[/note]]

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* Sci-fi writer Main/JohnCWright Creator/JohnCWright has pointedly asked, in essence, "How is a private helicopter not a flying limousine, exactly?"[[note]]It needs complex and arduous training and licensing to be able to fly it, and even more to fly it in rough weather. While nearly everyone can gain a driving license to drive a car anytime in any weather.[[/note]]
31st Oct '16 10:32:16 AM 64SuperNintendo
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*** [[CrowningMomentofAwesome They had a vision of the future that was considered extremely optimistic in 30 years and was met within the decade.]]

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*** [[CrowningMomentofAwesome [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome They had a vision of the future that was considered extremely optimistic in 30 years and was met within the decade.]]
30th Oct '16 10:09:03 AM nombretomado
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* The book ''{{GURPS}} Alternate Earths'' (a supplement for the roleplaying game ''{{GURPS}}'') includes an AlternateUniverse that looks like 1930s pulp SF. It diverged from "real" history when Nikola Tesla married Anne Morgan, the daughter of J.P. Morgan; the marriage stabilized him emotionally and financially, and let him develop all the devices that died with him in the real world. And of course, it's called "Gernsback".

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* The book ''{{GURPS}} ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Alternate Earths'' (a supplement for the roleplaying game ''{{GURPS}}'') ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'') includes an AlternateUniverse that looks like 1930s pulp SF. It diverged from "real" history when Nikola Tesla married Anne Morgan, the daughter of J.P. Morgan; the marriage stabilized him emotionally and financially, and let him develop all the devices that died with him in the real world. And of course, it's called "Gernsback".
29th Oct '16 1:41:18 PM AgProv
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* Long-running British science documentary show ''Series/TomorrowsWorld'' tried to showcase current trends in scientific discovery, design, and practical applications for that science, to predict what we might be using and buying a couple of years in the future. It ran for twenty-odd years and possibly thousands of inventions, and the most anyone can remember is that it successfully predicted sat-nav maybe fifteen years ahead of time. This show's earnest, very British, tone and delivery was parodied as spoof science show ''Series/LookAroundYou''. TW was possibly also hampered in that it screened on a Thursday night immediately before ''Series/TopOfThePops'' and viewers were, at most, only politely interested in the nerdy half-hour just before the night's ''real'' attraction.

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* Long-running British science documentary show ''Series/TomorrowsWorld'' tried to showcase current trends in scientific discovery, design, and practical applications for that science, to predict what we might be using and buying a couple of years in the future. It ran for twenty-odd thirty-eight years and possibly thousands of inventions, and the most anyone can remember is that it successfully predicted sat-nav maybe fifteen years ahead of time. This show's earnest, very British, tone and delivery was parodied as spoof science show ''Series/LookAroundYou''. TW [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomorrow%27s_World TW]] was possibly also hampered in that it screened on a Thursday night immediately before ''Series/TopOfThePops'' and viewers were, at most, only politely interested in the nerdy half-hour just before the night's ''real'' attraction.
17th Oct '16 1:39:12 AM Mareon
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* We allready have flying cars - They are called Helicopters.
17th Oct '16 1:37:27 AM Mareon
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* We allready have flying cars - They are called Helicopters.
29th Sep '16 7:32:51 AM Redmess
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We got a lot of cool stuff, [[note]]The Burj Khalifa skyscraper, tiny supercomputers, HDTV, GPS-equipped cars that look like [[{{Retraux}} stylized versions of their 1970 counterparts]], average packaged food, multi-purpose handheld devices, unintelligent industrial robots, Roombas, and assault rifles made with plastic. Some of the more daring concepts posed by fiction would be impractical in real life, or way too costly to research and develop, not to mention patent and regulate. Nobody thought about the Internet, though, nor extremely efficient fast food (on the other hand, Harry Harrison has ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' take residence in the back of, and later rob a fully automated fast food place that produces fully cooked burgers in one minute, so maybe they did).[[/note]] but not the cool stuff we were promised. (Well, except for those [[http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/03/nike-self-lacing-shoes/ automatic shoelaces]].)

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We got a lot of cool stuff, [[note]]The Burj Khalifa skyscraper, tiny supercomputers, HDTV, GPS-equipped cars that look like [[{{Retraux}} stylized versions of their 1970 counterparts]], average packaged food, multi-purpose handheld devices, unintelligent industrial robots, Roombas, and assault rifles made with plastic. Some of the more daring concepts posed by fiction would be impractical in real life, or way too costly to research and develop, not to mention patent and regulate. Nobody thought about the Internet, Internet (although some came pretty close), though, nor extremely efficient fast food (on the other hand, Harry Harrison has ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' take residence in the back of, and later rob a fully automated fast food place that produces fully cooked burgers in one minute, so maybe they did).[[/note]] but not the cool stuff we were promised. (Well, except for those [[http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/03/nike-self-lacing-shoes/ automatic shoelaces]].)
29th Sep '16 7:31:14 AM Redmess
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We got a lot of cool stuff, [[note]]The Burj Khalifa skyscraper, tiny supercomputers, HDTV, GPS-equipped cars that look like [[{{Retraux}} stylized versions of their 1970 counterparts]], average packaged food, multi-purpose handheld devices, unintelligent industrial robots, Roombas, and assault rifles made with plastic. Some of the more daring concepts posed by fiction would be impractical in real life, or way too costly to research and develop, not to mention patent and regulate. Nobody thought about the Internet, though, nor extremely efficient fast food (on the other hand, Harry Harrison has ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' take residence in the back of, and later rob a fully automated fast food place that produces fully cooked burgers in one minute, so maybe they did).[[/note]] but not the cool stuff we were promised.

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We got a lot of cool stuff, [[note]]The Burj Khalifa skyscraper, tiny supercomputers, HDTV, GPS-equipped cars that look like [[{{Retraux}} stylized versions of their 1970 counterparts]], average packaged food, multi-purpose handheld devices, unintelligent industrial robots, Roombas, and assault rifles made with plastic. Some of the more daring concepts posed by fiction would be impractical in real life, or way too costly to research and develop, not to mention patent and regulate. Nobody thought about the Internet, though, nor extremely efficient fast food (on the other hand, Harry Harrison has ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' take residence in the back of, and later rob a fully automated fast food place that produces fully cooked burgers in one minute, so maybe they did).[[/note]] but not the cool stuff we were promised.
promised. (Well, except for those [[http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/03/nike-self-lacing-shoes/ automatic shoelaces]].)
4th Sep '16 6:45:43 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.
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