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Your Flying Car Awaits: Robot Butlers, Lunar Vacations, and Other Dead-Wrong Predictions of the Twentieth Century

2 Ratings: 2.0
A book by Paul Milo

There was a time when people thought future generations would be living in cities topped by geodesic domes, and that all babies would be born in mechanical incubators, probably after having their DNA selected for better intelligence or physical attractiveness. … see full wiki

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Author: Paul Milo
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
2 reviews about Your Flying Car Awaits: Robot Butlers, Lunar...
review by . March 18, 2010
I picked up this book with high hopes, which were quickly dashed.     Milo has merely cataloged a lot of predictions from various sources, then says they haven't been fulfilled and, in a few cases, attempts to explain why.     Unfortunately Milo apparently didn't do a lot of research. His recitation of facts is often wrong, incomplete or, surprisingly for a book of this kind, larded with political propaganda. I think the last is the result of inadvertence …
review by . December 15, 2009
This breezy survey of over-enthusiastic predictions utilizes a certain number of cheap shots - the hyperbole of ad copy and the fanciful speculation every age indulges in - but many other ideas were seriously imagined at the time, even researched.     Some - like the electric car a century ago - were within reach until derailed by market forces or public inertia. An automated highway system was actually set up in 1997 as a demonstration project and proved it could handle twice …
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