Category: retrofuture

The Retrofuture took care of that whole “helic…

The Retrofuture took care of that whole “helicopter parents” thing but good.

What next? Kids leading space fleets against aliens?

Oh. Right.

Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profi…

Of Flying Cars and the Declining Rate of Profit:

A lengthy and detailed analysis – and lament – about how and why the Retrofuture failed to materialize.

According to the G1 Transformers continuities,…

According to the G1 Transformers continuities, in 2005 – 2006 we should have all been wearing popped collar buttonless shirts with matching pants and vests. Color-coordinated gauntlet gloves were optional.

zoomar: Proposed Television Set Would Feature …

zoomar:

Proposed Television Set Would Feature Thin Screens

Popular Mechanics, 1954

Okay, Retrofuture, take a victory lap.

Whatever happened to the future?

Whatever happened to the future?: undefined

‘Flying Whale’ Blimp That Never Lands Joins Gl…

‘Flying Whale’ Blimp That Never Lands Joins Global Airship Race:

If flying cars are the Retrofuture technology that is perpetually just around the corner but never arrives, airships are the vehicles that are repeatedly poised to make a comeback but never do.

Popular Mechanics had a cover story about the pending return of the airship roughly 12 years ago. And 24 years ago. And almost 27 years ago.  And about 32 years ago.  And nearly 41 years ago.

It’s a bit depressing to witness both the decades and the broken promises of sci fi and futurism pile up and then to read in one’s middle age the same optimistic predictions one read in elementary school.

What the distant past told us about work in th…

What the distant past told us about work in the future:

Retrofuture fail: Work edition.

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just-shower-thoughts:

In the 80s, synthesizers sounded like the future. Now in the future, synthesizers sound like the 80s.

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The Retrofuture was pretty much videophoning i…

The Retrofuture was pretty much videophoning it in by the late 70s/early 80s. The ambitious, if admittedly overly-optimistic, visions of the early to mid-20th century had been scaled back quite a bit. Asimov’s robots? Robby from “Forbidden Planet”? Rosie from “The Jetsons”? Well, how about a domesticated automobile factory robot arm to hand you your breakfast cereal or bring you a glass of water?