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Old 12-26-2017, 04:35 PM
 
Location: Inland FL
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It's starting to. With all the talks of augmented reality, self-driving cars (and even flying car), drones, virtual reality, robot job automation, etc the 2020s are going to be a wild time.
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Old 12-27-2017, 09:11 AM
 
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This isnt just by coincidence though, its planned that way for a reason.

Gone are the days when we would see huge leap forwards like the light bulb, the wheel, ability to create fire, etc.

I think its strange we dont see many inventors on the internet, especially with Youtube and other video sharing sites, in years past, inventors would put on public displays of their newest invention or creation, in town square or public parks, (even if they didnt work)...dont see any of that nowadays for some reason? where are the Teslas, Edisons, etc of our time?
Maybe they're at Tesla?

But seriously, when you talk about the light bulb, the wheel, and fire as if they were inventions from a single era, it's hard to stack up. Those are inventions that are separated by thousands of years! If anything, we are inventing more things faster than ever now, to the point that none of them stand out. I can look around at my desk here and easily spot ten things that were invented in the last forty years.

Bluetooth headset
Laptop
Computer mouse
LCD monitor
Coffee sleeve
4x4x4 Rubik's Cube
Microfiber
Dry erase board - actually 42 y.o., if you can believe that
Instant scratch-off lottery ticket
Disposable eclipse glasses
And of course the World Wide Web, which itself packages a dozen other inventions.

Spotted with my eyes using LASIK. And probably every item around me, if not invented recently, was manufactured in part using newly-invented techniques.

Regarding your point about showman inventors, I think that nowadays inventors are more sophisticated about contacting venture capitalists directly, at least for the good stuff.
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Old 12-27-2017, 10:43 AM
 
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No, not for me. I am still waiting for flying cars, floating cities, space elevators, and digital copies of myself.

I didn't just dream these up. The ideas were discussed many years ago.
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Old 12-27-2017, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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<>Spotted with my eyes using LASIK.<>
I'll 'see' your LASIK and brag about my cataract surgery. My Grandfather had his removed about 1955 and had to stay in bed in the hospital for several days and not move his head at all for fear of blowing out the stitches. When he got out weeks later he could see only shapes and colors.
Had mine done two years ago and I see better that I could at 20 YO! Brighter colors, I can see a hawk at a calibrated mile away, and can read without glasses. I think sometimes I can see the moons of Saturn.
Medicine has progressed fantastically. Recent progress has added many years of life for me and my wife.
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Old 12-27-2017, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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It is not just tech though I feel our infrastructure has not changed. Lots of older architecture from seventies lots of older homes still around.
That, I agree with you about. You can see the same in the inner cities, and even very small towns.
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Old 12-27-2017, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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No, not for me. I am still waiting for flying cars, floating cities, space elevators, and digital copies of myself.

I didn't just dream these up. The ideas were discussed many years ago.
How about a full-functioning and thinking android that looks, talks, and moves like a human? Maybe 50 years from now, but I will be too old then, so I may have to settle for a female nurse android to change my diapers

~Just kidding
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Old 12-28-2017, 04:34 AM
 
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That, I agree with you about. You can see the same in the inner cities, and even very small towns.
In some Western countries. From an aerial view, most of the US looks the same as it did 50 years ago or even longer than that. Other countries have developed drastically in the past 20 years and especially the last 50. Shanghai, China of today would certainly be "futuristic" to a person living in 1988.
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Old 12-28-2017, 10:58 AM
 
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I Want My Jet Pack - TV Tropes
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Old 12-30-2017, 10:55 AM
 
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How about a full-functioning and thinking android that looks, talks, and moves like a human? Maybe 50 years from now, but I will be too old then, so I may have to settle for a female nurse android to change my diapers

~Just kidding
Those are already here, unfortunately its the porn industry thats the first. Look at some of the sex androids coming out of Japan...its hard to tell they are not human! I would think even people that buy them for this purpose, would be using them for other things as well though.

I think certain tech like this is withheld from the public solely because of what they COULD be used for, dont have to be a rocket scientist to figure out all the criminal advantages one could have using a real life android, an invisibility cloak that truly works, etc etc etc.
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Old 12-30-2017, 01:56 PM
 
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When I compare today's tech with what we had when I was young, yes, it seems like we're living in the future.

I remember getting our first TV in the 1950s. It was a huge boxy thing, B&W, hooked up to an antenna on the roof, and sometimes you had to bang on the TV set to get a signal. Now I stream Netflix to my big screen TV. Seems like the future to me.

The first telephone I talked on was a big black thing that hung on a wall. It was on a party line, and our family's signal to pick up the phone was two short rings followed by a long ring. When it rang differently, I could sneakily pick up the handset and listen to my neighbors' telephone conversations. Now I text on a slick smartphone that I hold in my hand.

I used to get in the car and drive to the library to look up any questions I needed answers to. Now I just Google them.

I used to heat food in the oven or in a pot on the stove. Now I use a microwave.

Everything seems like the future to me.

I just asked Alexa to play music for me. She seems nice.
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