Teleportation. Food in pill form. Jet packs. These are just a few things we were supposed to have by now, yet remain just concepts. And these movies are to blame for filling our heads with such ludicrous ideas.
1. Where’s my hoverboard?
Granted, I can’t ride a regular skateboard, there’s no chance I’d stay on a floating one. Yet, we’re not anywhere close to having technology that would give us hoverboards. It will be a long time until we see one of those. But we can keep on wishing…
2. When will we planet hop?
Human life cannot survive on other planets. We just can’t get in our spaceship and planet-hop like “2001: A Space Odyssey” predicted. Not quite yet.
Interplanetary travel is just a wee bit out of our grasp.
3. Time travel anyone?
Many of us would love to turn back time, change history. But we can’t. We just can’t.
It’s just as well, someone would probably step on a prehistoric bug, leading the future human race to be born with two heads.
4. Virtual reality
Imagine immersing yourself in a completely futuristic, virtual world. Instead, virtual reality as of current consists of giant goggles and weird gloves.
5. We are far from total annihilation
Warlords do not rule, society is still intact. It may not be picture-perfect, but the country is far from total annihilation.
6. L.A. is not an island
Though “Escape from L.A.” might want Los Angeles to break off the coast of California and turn into its own God-forsaken island crawling with criminals, the city is still firmly attached to the contiguous 48 states. For now…
7. Yup, still human
No matter how many “CrossFit WODs” one does, no matter how much weight one benches, we are all still human.
8. It’s a good thing dinosaurs don’t exist
Though scientists say DNA could survive up to 6.8 million years and be readable up to 1.5 years, dinosaurs went extinct nearly 65 million years ago.
It’s probably for the best.
9. Will crime ever cease to exist?
As anyone can see, that is completely false. Neither are prisoners cryogenically frozen. On the contrary, prisons are just as overpopulated as ever.
10. Armies of robots still don’t exist
But 1997 came and went, and the world has not gone up in flames, nor are there armies of skeletal robots shoving humans around.