Reach into your pocket, take out your smartphone, and be blown away that it exists. Yes, smartphones are impressive, and were also widely predicted by shows like Star Trek. So in this particular case science fiction got it right. On the other hand there were many futuristic predictions that were outright wrong.
From jetpacks, to flying cars, to holograms and more, we are yet to see some of the most widely predicted science fiction technology. Some of it may still be coming, most of it will probably never exist.
Yes, jetpacks do exist and are fairly impressive. But they are also outrageously expensive, ridiculously dangerous, and certainly not for the average person. Sadly, it is only the dare devil millionaires that are enjoying personal jetpack technology, while the rest of us scrubs have to drive around in cars. As it stands, there is almost no chance that jetpacks will ever become commonplace. They are too expensive, not practical, and would be impossible to keep from disrupting other kinds of air travel. Disappointing.
Again, flying cars do technically exist. It’s just that they face many of the same problems as jetpacks. Too expensive, ridiculously dangerous, and painfully impractical. How would it be possible to keep track of thousands, or millions of cars flying around the skies at breakneck speeds? Where would they land safely? It just isn’t going to happen, unless mass transport systems are remade from the ground up. Pun intended.
On the other hand, Tesla’s do exist, and are just about as futuristic as you could ask for. Tell a person a few decades ago they’d be able to play the online Blackjack Canada players prefer, on their car screen, while driving in Australia, and they’d probably think you were lying.
Of all the technologies that we need, teleportation would perhaps be the most beneficial. But here’s the problem; it’s almost certainly impossible. The idea, assumedly, would be that the human body be deconstructed, then perhaps 3D printed somewhere else.
If going by digital data standards, the process would require a map of your body. Or to put it another way; for a map of every atom in your body the storage space needed would be more than the combined storage space in the world right now. Sure, maybe there is some other way, but let’s not ever start discussing if it would be just your body teleported, or if your consciousness would go along for the ride. It’s all ridiculous.
Alas, the hoverboard has not come to pass. Yes, there have been strides made in the hoverboard department, some fairly impressive. There have also been numerous hoverboard hoaxes, much to the dismay of the average person. But yes, it all falls short of the glory seen in Back To The Future 2.
Hoverboards are possible, but are, again, hugely impractical. They are just another technology we all deserve, but will likely never see. Unless you’re okay with installing giant ground magnets, or steel plates, wherever you’d like to hover.