What 'fizzle'? (our science fiction future)
A recent piece on CNN asked why our future isn't more like Star Trek, with amazing devices like jet packs and flying cars.
Maybe it's just me, but this seems like a perfectly bizarre thing to say in a world with cellphones better than any Federation communicator (at least those in the first series), the internet, laptops, modern medicine, etc.
Not that any of those can't be taken apart for their flaws, and not that we're living in some kind of utopia (we aren't, for all the obvious reasons I'm sure I don't have to point out here). But any consideration of the world today compared to years past that doesn't acknowledge the serious advances in quality of life seems a bit strange.
The suggestion in the latter half of the article that unintended consequences of new technology often leave us only with a different set of problems misses the point that some sets of problems are much more preferable to others. I suspect a person drawn from the past into our future would have no trouble seeing the real improvements in quality of life that we take for granted.
Anyway, just throwing that out there. What do you guys think?