What Happened to Flying Cars?

3 Jan

I hope everyone has had a great start to the new year.

I remember all the promises of technological advances for this period. By this time, we were supposed to have flying cars, robots in every home, and teleportation, among other things. So what happened?

I have no doubts that the technology for flying cars is already out there. They probably have not figured out a way to implement it without us killing each other in transit. I mean, we have trouble operating a car on solid ground. I do not think we’re ready to drive amongst the clouds. How would you know which lane you’re on? Where would they put the traffic lights, yield, and stop signs? I could see it now, vehicles crashing into skyscrapers and firefighters getting cars out of trees.

I love to travel; it is one of my passions. Traveling and reading give me the tools I need to write, especially for worldbuilding and characterization. Although I enjoy visiting new countries and enjoying the people and culture, I’m not too fond of airports and airplanes, so I was looking forward to teleportation. To be able to enter a pod and in seconds, be transported to another country––what a dream. Of course, what is probably delaying the process are the test subjects. I don’t know about you, but I would not want this technology tested on animals or people, so there’s the problem the scientists are facing. The last thing I want to hear on the news is that they tried to test teleportation with a human subject and only hamburger arrived on the other side. Gross! What if the other scientists are vegans? We wouldn’t want to offend anyone, would we?

Seriously, although we did not get every technological advance promised for this decade, we did get a plethora of cool things. I own an iPhone, and it’s like walking around with a calculator, compass, dictionary, camera, and computer in my pocket––among other things. If someone had told me in 1999 that my phone would speak to me, answer questions, and assist me with specific tasks, I would have thought that person was talking about something he or she read in a SciFi novel. How about gene therapy, reversing paralysis, Wi-Fi (devices powered by the air!), Nanotechnology, computers that are figuring out how to do things no programmer could teach them (anyone thinking SKYNET?), 3D metal printing, artificial embryos? Wow! We’ve come a long way since 1999, but have we gone too far in certain areas?

Let me share with you the 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2019, curated by Bill Gates.

1. Robot Dexterity – Robots are teaching themselves to handle the physical world. (SKYNET comes to mind again)

2. New-Wave Nuclear Power – Advanced fusion and fission reactors. (This reads scary. Did anyone see the drama miniseries on HBO, Chernobyl?)

3. Predicting Preemies – A simple blood test can predict if a pregnant woman is at risk of giving birth prematurely. (This I like. I worked in the NICU (area in the hospital that provides care for premature infants and seriously ill babies) for a while, and it was heart-wrenching.)

4. Gut Probe in a Pill – A small, swallowable device captures images of the gut without anesthesia. (Another good one. Anesthesia is not suitable for everyone.)

5. Custom Cancer Vaccines – The treatment incites the body’s natural defenses to destroy only cancer cells by identifying mutations unique to each tumor. (It’s about time.)

6. The Cow-Free Burger – Both lab-grown and plant-based alternatives approximate the taste and nutritional value of real meat without the environmental devastation. (I do not eat beef, but I did once, and I do miss a good burger. Maybe I would try the plant-based one––lab-grown does not sound appealing.)

7. Carbon Dioxide Catcher – Practical and affordable ways to capture carbon dioxide from the air can soak up excess greenhouse gas emissions. (How do plants feel about this? Plants need carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, right?)

8. An ECG (Electrocardiogram) On Your Wrist – ECG-enabled smartwatches, made possible by new regulations and innovations in hardware and software, offer the convenience of a wearable device with something closer to the precision of a medical one. (Well, it’s practical, but that means ECG techs will be obsolete in the future.)

9. Sanitation Without Sewers – Energy-efficient toilets can operate without a sewer system and treat waste on the spot. (What does it use concentrated sulfuric acid?)

10. Smooth-Talking AI (Artificial Intelligence) Assistants – New techniques that capture semantic relationships between words are making machines better at understanding natural language. (SKYNET)

There you have it. We cannot teleport to Bora-Bora, but there were so many advances in the last twenty years I cannot wait to see what this new decade has in store. Please excuse my somewhat weird sense of humor. I wish everyone happiness, good health, love, and prosperity in this new decade.

What are some of your goals for 2020?

41 Responses to “What Happened to Flying Cars?”

  1. John W. Howell January 3, 2020 at 4:12 pm #

    Happy New Year, Vashti Super post.

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    • Vashti Q January 3, 2020 at 5:24 pm #

      Thank you, John! I’m happy you enjoyed it. 😀 xo

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  2. olganm January 3, 2020 at 4:16 pm #

    Happy New Decade, Vashti! We’ll have to revisit this in 2030 to see how many of these things have happened! (I’ve been reading about the vaccines against cancer or to treat specific types of cancer, and those are not too far, so let’s hope)

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    • Vashti Q January 3, 2020 at 5:25 pm #

      Thank you, Olga! That would be miraculous, indeed. ❤

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  3. Priscilla Bettis January 3, 2020 at 4:50 pm #

    Gut probe in a pill reminds me of Fantastic Voyage.:-) I have two biggie goals this year: write a better book (than my unpublished book from last year) and think/speak more positively.

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    • Vashti Q January 3, 2020 at 5:28 pm #

      It reminded me of the movie “Innerspace” with Dennis Quaid. Great goals, Priscilla. I wish you all the best! ❤

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  4. Ben Naga January 3, 2020 at 6:16 pm #

    Technology may be fine in it’s place, but perhaps poverty, famine and war might be more important to overcome first. Just saying.

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    • Vashti Q January 3, 2020 at 6:43 pm #

      Hi, Ben. You’re right, but each of those subjects would require its own post. I’m sure many of the technological breakthroughs would also help in those areas. Perhaps one day robots would do our fighting for us, aquaponics is helping to end hunger, and poverty will only end when greed does. Just saying. 😉

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  5. Annette Rochelle Aben January 3, 2020 at 6:20 pm #

    Gee whiz, ain’t technology grand? I agree that certain strides have been made and in some cases, we should have left well enough alone! Happy New Year my friend!! ❤

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  6. Jill Weatherholt January 3, 2020 at 10:40 pm #

    I remember my “car phone.” It was in a bulky zip up case I kept on the front seat. : ) One of my goals is to get over this flu and write more books! Happy New Year, Vashti! ❤

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    • Vashti Q January 6, 2020 at 3:32 pm #

      Well, I’m wishing you a speedy recovery and continued success, my friend! ❤

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      • Jill Weatherholt January 6, 2020 at 4:48 pm #

        Thank you, Vashti. It was rough, but I’m finally feeling back to normal. Stay well! ❤

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      • Vashti Q January 6, 2020 at 5:04 pm #

        Thank you, Jill. I’m so happy to hear that. You stay well, too. ❤

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  7. yvettemcalleiro January 4, 2020 at 8:02 am #

    I, too, thought of flying cars and the dangers related to them. Lol! I read somewhere that 1990 was as far in the past as 2050 is in the future, and that made me pause because I feel like 1990 was just yesterday. Lol! And then, I think of all the advancement that has been made in the past 30 years and can’t imagine how much will be done in the next 30 years (if we manage not to kill our environment first, that is 😕).

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    • Vashti Q January 6, 2020 at 3:50 pm #

      That’s super interesting about 1990 and 2050. Wow. I think if I was placed in cryogenic sleep in 1999 and then awakened today, the world, with all its technological advances, would seem like a sci-fi movie. I, too, can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future now that they’re working with DNA, nano technology, and quantum mechanics. 😉

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  8. karenringalls January 4, 2020 at 8:23 am #

    Happy New Year to you, Vashti. The technology of the future is more than what my little brain can imagine. I want to say “Beam me up, Scotty” and arrive at my destination! That would be great, but I think we are many years away from that technology. I want there to be continued medical advancements for cures and treatments.

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    • Vashti Q January 6, 2020 at 3:57 pm #

      Ha, ha! I love the “Star Trek” reference, Karen. That would be teleportation. I believe we’re headed for great advancements in medicine, especially with DNA mapping and nanotechnology. 😀 xo

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  9. coldhandboyack January 4, 2020 at 9:50 am #

    Wonderful post. I like the attitude of not completely lamenting what didn’t happen and appreciating the things that did.

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    • Vashti Q January 6, 2020 at 4:05 pm #

      Thank you, Craig! I’m excited about the future with biometric data, 5G, Quantum technology, advances in Artificial Intelligence, and so much more. We need to brace our selves for what’s coming. 😀

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  10. D.L. Finn, Author January 4, 2020 at 1:08 pm #

    I was waiting to transport instead of flying, too. I’m still hanging on to that one since flying is beginning to terrify me a bit. No sewers? Yay! New-wave nuclear power? No thank you. Robots teaching themselves…what could go wrong there? Lol. Yet we have the cell phone and the world in our hands. A lot of neck issues, too from looking down. Interesting list of what’s to come, but I hope some of it doesn’t. Happy New Year and Decade, Vashti!

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    • Vashti Q January 6, 2020 at 4:09 pm #

      The future looks exciting and scary. Are you ready for 5G, Quantum Technology, Crypto Currency, among other things? Phew! Thank you, Denise! ❤

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  11. Marje @ Kyrosmagica January 4, 2020 at 3:16 pm #

    Happy New Year Vashti. I’m trying to cut down on meat so the cow free burger is the way to go.

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    • Vashti Q January 6, 2020 at 4:10 pm #

      I don’t eat red meat or pork, so I’m with you on that. I wish you great things in 2020, my friend! 😀 xo

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  12. Bette A. Stevens January 4, 2020 at 6:30 pm #

    Happy New Year, Vashti! ❤

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  13. dgkaye January 4, 2020 at 9:48 pm #

    Happy New Year Vashti. Sometimes technology goes too far. And machines left to their own devices scares me. Driverless cars petrify me – one wrong wire or digital error and could be detrimental. For that reason I’ll say I can do without flying cars too. 🙂 ❤

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    • Vashti Q January 6, 2020 at 4:19 pm #

      Technological advances can be scary, especially if they’re complicated and difficult to understand. I don’t like the idea of computers or robots, teaching themselves and surpassing their programmers. I’ve read too many sci-fi books and seen too many sci-fi movies in which this scenario does not end well. 😉 I wish you and your loved ones awesome things in 2020. ❤

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      • dgkaye January 6, 2020 at 6:48 pm #

        I’m so with you that I don’t need one more ‘big brother’ in my home either – as in Alexa! 🙂 xx Thanks Vashti ❤

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  14. robbiesinspiration January 5, 2020 at 1:07 pm #

    We have come a long way in the first world, VAshti. We have a bit more of a way to travel though. I am also waiting for the travel pods and I think they could use chocolate bars to test it just like Willy Wonka did [grin].

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    • Vashti Q January 6, 2020 at 4:23 pm #

      Ha, ha! Yes, they can never go wrong with chocolate. 😉 Well, brace yourself, because we’re headed for a plethora of advances in 2020, starting with 5G, cryptocurrency, and quantum technology. 😀

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  15. Cleopatra Trevilcock January 5, 2020 at 1:13 pm #

    Great information; 🙆🏻Thank you for sharing!

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    • Vashti Q January 6, 2020 at 4:25 pm #

      Thanks, Cleo. This is something that was bouncing around in my head, so I decided to share it. 😉 Thanks for stopping by! ❤

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  16. Jan Sikes January 5, 2020 at 8:30 pm #

    I had to laugh at your visuals about flying cars and having to rescue them from trees. 🙂 We have come a long way for sure and have become dependent on our devices to keep our lives on track. I can’t wait to see where we go next. I’m with you on the teleportation. I wouldn’t volunteer to be a tester. 🙂 Happy New Year!

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  17. Fauna Park Tales January 6, 2020 at 3:21 am #

    Thanks so much for your first post of 2020 – very enjoyable and something to think about – seriously! I LOVE the idea of flying cars. All the best with your writing endeavours during 2020. Kind regards, Maretha Botha

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    • Vashti Q January 6, 2020 at 4:28 pm #

      Hi, Maretha! I’m happy you enjoyed the post. I think flying cars would be so much fun! Thank you! I wish nothing but the best for you and your loved ones in 2020. ❤

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      • Fauna Park Tales January 24, 2020 at 5:13 am #

        I think flying cars might soon be a reality – maybe a good thing – but where would all the fantasy then be? 🙂

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  18. Colleen M. Chesebro January 7, 2020 at 9:28 pm #

    What a brilliant read, Vashti. I would love to have a car that drove/flew itself. I just tell it where I want to go. Happy New Year, my friend. ❤

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