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Sunday, December 08, 2013

This Isn't the Future We Were Promised

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When I was little, I ate up all the stories about the future: flying cars, moon colonies, cruises to Saturn’s rings, robots doing all the work, and an end to poverty and racism.

What we got was: none of the above, plus the Internet, and powerful computers that we can carry around in a shirt pocket. And texts like this:

Daughter Dearest: Will you bring me some toilet paper?

Can I exchange this future for the one I actually bought?


  1. I don't know if I'd want to exchange for a different future. After all, if it wasn't for the Internet, I wouldn't have met my hubby. Can we keep the internet but exchange something for flying cars?

  2. Do you have your receipt? There are no returns, refunds, or exchanges without a receipt. ;-)

  3. I knew I was living in the future when I got a text that said, "Dinner is ready." This, instead of the more traditional voice called up the stairs.

  4. Ah the future is not always as we hoped for. ^_^

  5. It's circulating in my generation that we weren't promised flying cars and utopias, but cyberpunk and dystopias. It's more of a bummer to me that I got the future I was promised.

  6. This immediately reminded me of this YouTube video:


    Funny how the amazing parts of the future are always "later". Right now we're supposed to get them when we colonise Mars.

  7. It's hard to have a future with flying cars when certain members of Congress want to drag us back to the 1870s.

  8. If all the people disappointed with this future gave each a dollar I think we might be able to fund the building of a time machine.


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