Whatis6times9 wrote:3D printing has an amazing ceiling but it's still a while off before it's being used for anything more than making toys.
Vegedus wrote:b) Most of it is stupid and/or unworkable in practice (see Flying Cars).
c) There's lots of technological breakthroughs that weren't predicted that DID happen and they're just as interesting when you think about it. I got access to pretty much all the world's knowledge in my pocket. My pocket! 30 years ago a computer was a glorified typewriter and now I could teach myself theoretical physics from my phone if I wanted to. The real life future comes as a transition, so we don't notice it as much, but the technology around us have changed how we live our lives so much. Currently we have Google glass which might potentially change our sense of identity and notions of privacy and fuck me if I know what they'll do with nano-technology, quantum computers and genetic engineering. Cybernetics? We can already give a blind person sight, it's just at a bad resolution.
I don't want no fucking hoverboard, the world of back to the future is just an aesthetic dress up of the present in which it was filmed. Different clothes, different toys, different hairstyles, same society. Meanwhile, we're in the midst of a goddamn revolution, some of the biggest changes in the human condition ever, it's just not obvious when you're living through it. Who cares about holoprojectors, when wars are being fought with drones in the real world?
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