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Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2017 12:49 p.m. PST

Now that I am over 60 years old I realize that it might be too late for me to enjoy four things I always wanted to see in my lifetime.

Decent, cheap, simple to use 3D home printers. Ever since Original Trek we have been promised those and I am still waiting. I want to scan in a file and get unlimited, full color army men for next to nothing.

I want a flying car, George Jetson has one, I don't think I am going to live long enough to see them as common. Maybe a few rich guys will have million dollar versions in 20 years, but not for the rest of us folks.

We were supposed to have a Moon base and have landed on Mars by now. Some of that may be back on track, but I still have my doubts.

I am beginning to think when I die at age 100, 40 years from now, I will be carried in a flying hearse, in a 3D printed coffin, but won't get the benefits in my lifetime.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2017 1:04 p.m. PST

Glass half full, huh? Look at what you have seen in your 60 plus years. We have gone from a telephone that always worked but you had to be home to a telephone that sporadically won't work but you can be almost anywhere when it drops your call. And all the other stuff! Good grief!

Personal logo Zeelow Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2017 1:48 p.m. PST

In 1969 I bought a new Corvette w/pop-top out of a Chevrolet dealership. After a lot of fun at a party I headed home. When trying to negotiate a tight turn at high speed my ride refused to make the turn, jumped over a drainage ditch, and we plowed a new furrow in a strawberry patch! So, you can see how personally I'd rather not be flying a car. It is a very expensive experience.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2017 7:27 p.m. PST

You want a replicator, not a 3d printer. I am getting fairly skilled at 3d printing but most affordable printers are not up to doing army men, but are more than up to the task for doing aircraft, tanks and trucks.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2017 9:48 p.m. PST

The 3D printing and flying car thing is always 2 or 3 or 5 years away from the major technological breakthrough that will bring it to the masses.

The Moller Skycar is one of those that is always a little bit away from being operational, and has been for 20 years. Several other companies keep making similar claims.

3D printers seem to be much the same. We are always on the verge of a cheap, easy to use printer for the masses that will print troops in color without striations visible.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Personal logo Wolfshanza Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2017 10:50 p.m. PST

Yep, Zeelow. Had a '57 and hit a large dip at speed, being stupid, and didn't like the flying car experience at all ! 0:

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP09 Jul 2017 3:59 a.m. PST

Yeah, I enjoy the Internet and ATMs, but what happened to the Mars colony, interstellar travel and fusion power? Never did like flying cars, though--just another direction for the drunk drivers to come at you.

We COULD have voice-operated computer-driven houses, and new copies of any book in existence. The technology for both is already here. All we have to do is get the politics straight.

No, I do not expect to see either.

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