Why is the future so boring? Where are the flying cars and laser guns?

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    • #57842
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      Where are the flying cars? Where are the laser guns? Why aren’t we exploring space and looking at colonising planets? Why don’t we have actually sophisticated robots doing our menial work for us? Why haven’t we cured cancer yet? Why do humans still only live for roughly 70/80 years average, and become decrepit and useless if they do live 100+? Why don’t we have cyborgs and genetically modified babies etc?

      Instead we basically just live in a perpetual neverending 2000s except with increasingly dystopian levels of surveillance, censorship and tech company power. We basically live in a sci-fi dystopia except with all the cool sci-fi shit removed, and somehow tech companies became super powerful but without developing any actual interesting tech. What the actual gently caress happened?

    • #57843
      Anonymous
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      Because you are obsolete. You think these robots would work for you? You are like a horse in 1900, no, there wont be new horse jobs after cars, no, you can’t retrain, no, enlisting in the cavalry doesnt work either.

      • #57878
        Anonymous
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        At least horses get to gently caress white women.

    • #57844
      Anonymous
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      We *are* developing the engineering to explore space and to colonise planets. Cancer *is* being fought. CRISPR *is* being worked.
      To answer your question, there were major knowledge and cost hurdles, that needed to be surmounted, and it’s taken 2000-2020 to surmount them.
      (All this said, we could have had Orion rockets blasting off from Baffin / Greenland to set up lunar habitats in the 1970s. So, blame your grandfather.)

    • #57845
      Anonymous
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      Sorry anon but Tyrone needs some more money to get some new Nikes so we are gonna have to cut funding to fusion research as it was deemed less valuable.

    • #57846
      Anonymous
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      >Where are the flying cars?
      because we have planes
      >Where are the laser guns?
      right next to the light sabers
      >Why aren’t we exploring space and looking at colonising planets?
      because this planet is still fine
      >Why don’t we have actually sophisticated robots doing our menial work for us?
      because they have wagies to do that work for them
      >Why haven’t we cured cancer yet?
      because it’s hard
      >Why do humans still only live for roughly 70/80 years average, and become decrepit and useless if they do live 100+?
      because of the aging process
      >Why don’t we have cyborgs and genetically modified babies etc?
      why don’t you go and make them?

    • #57847
      Anonymous
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      >

    • #57848
      Anonymous
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      Of these the most disappointing one is that we don’t have robot slaves.
      It’s really something we should’ve developed 200 years ago as part of abolitionism.
      Would make this world such a better place to live.

    • #57849
      Anonymous
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      >Why aren’t we exploring space and looking at colonising planets?

      • #57861
        Anonymous
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        Literally this

        >le "it’s because of the inexistent help to the poor that we don’t have Star-Trek technology!" meme
        And still this somehow doesn’t prevent technology to develp more and more sophisticated tools of mass control and propaganda

    • #57850
      Anonymous
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      Rome wasnt built in a day, man. If you keep up with scientific news, youd realise we arent stagnating. the price of rockets has fallen dramaticly and they are at least partially reusable, ai and computing in general have developed tremendously, robots are far more sophisticated then they were 20 years ago, self driving cars, drones.. delivery robots were authorized recently, and then ther is biology. CRISPR, miRNA, sleeping beauty tranzpozon system, iPSC and AdSC cultures and mother gently caressing human organoids!
      Even on a personal level. Compare the floppy discs and flipfones of the 90-s and 00-s to the comparatively supercomputers we have in our pockets. THE MOTHER gently caressING INTERNET!

    • #57851
      Anonymous
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      Why advance technology quickly, when you can sell more products with incremental improvements?
      Why invent sturdy things that last for eons, when selling more things is more profitable?
      Why invest in fusion, when oil is still currently very profitable, and less risk regarding returns?
      Why cure diseases if those being cured, won’t have to pay for more treatments?
      Why make education cheap when you can make money from it, and it’s ever-increasingly necessity?
      Why encourage innovation, when current things are making bank right now, and innovation could threaten that via making competition?

    • #57852
      Anonymous
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      Literally this

    • #57853
      Anonymous
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      your expectations of the future have been created by hack writers and hollywood faggots who fundamentally operate on dream logic rather than scientific feasibility

      • #57867
        Anonymous
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        This

    • #57854
      Anonymous
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      >Why do humans still only live for roughly 70/80 years average, and become decrepit and useless if they do live 100+?
      But we will live that long on average. From a World Economic Forum whitepaper

    • #57855
      Anonymous
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      The structures in that picture are abominations. Why would anybody want to live surrounded by alien skyscrapers and bacteria like buildings? It’s dehumanizing.

      • #57876
        Anonymous
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        because it has more greenery than my badly managed district

    • #57856
      Anonymous
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      >Where are the flying cars?
      Not practical.
      >Where are the laser guns?
      US military has some working laser weapons on ships.
      >Why aren’t we exploring space and looking at colonising planets?
      We are developing technology to do so. Just look at SpaceX.
      >Why don’t we have actually sophisticated robots doing our menial work for us?
      We are unironically almost there, give it 10 years tops.
      >Why haven’t we cured cancer yet?
      Cancer isn’t a simple viral or bacterial disease, it’s your own mutated cell attacking your body. But there are several methods with have been efficient in treating certain types of cancer, so it’s no longer a death sentence.
      >Why do humans still only live for roughly 70/80 years average, and become decrepit and useless if they do live 100+?
      Telomere shortening. Can possibly be fixed with gene editing.
      >Why don’t we have cyborgs and genetically modified babies etc?
      BMI is still in development stages and human gene editing is illegal for some reason.

      >Second paragraph
      Technology is advancing at a normal rate, you just became so used to it that you don’t notice it anymore and take it for granted. Transistors are still shrinking, you have what in 1990s would have been considered a supercomputer in your pocket (inb4 smartphone bad). Just try not to be such a gently caressing pessimist and watch tech news from time to time.

    • #57857
      Anonymous
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      You seem to be down in the dumps, Anon. Have a fusion reactor update to cheer you up:

    • #57858
      Anonymous
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      Too many people demanding stuff, not enough people working to make it happen.

      • #57864
        Anonymous
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        >not enough people working to make it happen.
        Regulations and legal hurdles are the problems preventing people from working, not human motivation.

    • #57859
      Anonymous
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      >Where are the flying cars?

      Sort of exists, but was never a good idea, it only works in scifi because you can just pretend that you have perfect traffic AI or that people are not shit at flying. Flying is energy intensive, so you would only do that if there is a significant advantage, it’s also difficult, so why would anyone in their right mind give the average Joe access to a flying car?

      >Where are the laser guns?

      Was always a stupid idea, at least in the way they are used in shows. Why would you use laser guns when kinetic projectiles are just better?

      >Why aren’t we exploring space and looking at colonising planets?

      We sort of are, space is big, so even going outside of the solar system is an enormous undertaking. The type of colonization done in most scifi relies on first of all having a real incentive to spend massive resources on it, and secondly on having magical propulsion.

      >Why don’t we have actually sophisticated robots doing our menial work for us?

      We do, it’s just happening slowly enough that you can’t see it. Many factories have humans pretty much just to do small tasks and oversee the machines now. Some of the more visible menial tasks are actually quite complicated to automate.

      >Why haven’t we cured cancer yet?

      Because cancer is incredibly complicated. For thousands of years we had pretty much nothing against cancer, we have made huge progress in the past 80 years.

      A lot of this stuff is already or is becoming reality, just look a bit closer.

    • #57860
      Anonymous
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      >What the actual gently caress happened?
      What any person with half a brain would have predicted: technology is NOT a self-aware invisible hand and can only go where its masters decide to make it go.
      Unless people start seizing technologies by themselves instead of waiting for the invisible hand or the government to lend them shit from above, technological feudalism is the only future that awaits us

      • #57862
        Anonymous
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        >technological feudalism

        If you came up with this yourself, you should definitely coin this term.

    • #57863
      Anonymous
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      Because of the 11 September. We shifted in a retarded timeline but 2021 is going to fix this shit.

    • #57865
      Anonymous
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      It’s not what you think. Never ever.

    • #57866
      Anonymous
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      >flying cars
      We do, they’re called helicopters.

      >laser guns
      Lasers aren’t that good for killing people. All you do is burn a small hole in their skin. Turn out water has a high heat absorption capacity, and humans are made mostly of water.

      >exploring space and looking at colonzing planets
      We are. Have you heard of SpaceX?

      >robots doing our work
      We do.

      >cure cancer
      We’ve made extremely rapid progress.

      >why do humans age
      Because we haven’t learned how to rewrite our whole gently caressing genome yet.

      >cyborgs and designer babies
      We’re working on it.

    • #57868
      Anonymous
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      Because you are sitting on your ass waiting for it to happen. Progress it not a force of nature. Progress happens if enough intelligent humans throw away short term pleasure and sacrifice their time energy and sanity into science.

    • #57869
      Anonymous
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      i have been thinking quite a lot about the following. thanks to advnacment in automation we need less and less people to maintain our needs, and population is rising, so unemployment will inevitably rise. but i dont think everyone would be content with just doing nothing. people, especially the smarter ones, get bored. would it not be benificial for humanity to increase access and funding to/for science and scientific education? i understand there is an intelligence and crativity barrier to doing science, but a lot of labwork is gruntwork and i sure as shit could use lab assistants. How much faster would scientific progress be if we had acces to a larger work force and more resources? What do you anons think? is this one of those things where human progress speeds up human progress?

    • #57870
      Anonymous
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      Because you are doped up ADHD zoomer too memed up to even see what is happening.

    • #57871
      Anonymous
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      im actually realy gald so many people jumped down this retards thoat for not noticing the progress of the past 20 years

    • #57873
      Anonymous
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      I blame movies, they put unrealistic expectations on rate of advancement because of the low hanging fruit that were picked in the early 20th century.

    • #57874
      Anonymous
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      I don’t know why we don’t advance that fast, maybe because state regulations and hard rules, maybe because nannies states who only watch and do nothing in term of advancing mankind, maybe because we don’t take risks anymore like Elon for example, without him going to space would not have advanced so quickly, NASA is almost useless an organization full of corruption, nepotism and sucks money from the state. Maybe because we put in prison those who want to advance humanity because of morality

    • #57875
      Anonymous
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      All of these things will be invented and/or become ubiquitous exactly one (1) day after the last anon that currently browses LULZ dies

    • #57877
      Anonymous
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      The future got cancelled.

    • #57879
      Anonymous
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      ideology

    • #57880
      Anonymous
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      mostly due corporate greed

    • #57881
      Anonymous
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      >why isn’t the future exactly like my dumbshit baby boomer fantasies?
      Because they are gently caressing stupid.

    • #57882
      Anonymous
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      Because all this just is less profitable than farming useless data via social apps or selling the same phones/video games/etc.. over and over again, with less functionality and practical use. Simple as that.

    • #57883
      Anonymous
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      "Futurists" don’t have the slightest notion of how economics or physics work. That’s the entire explanation.

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