It's the year 2000; I was promised flying cars.
July 22, 2000 10:39 PM   Subscribe

It's the year 2000; I was promised flying cars. I don't see the flying cars. Why are there no flying cars; why; why!?
posted by baylink (15 comments total)

 
See? And you thought this had *anything* to do with the IBM commercial.

Except that I ripped off the copy. ;-)
posted by baylink at 10:40 PM on July 22, 2000


If somebody really has developed a flying car, then they'll have to change the commercial copy to refer to some other unfulfilled promise of the year 2000... like a high-speed internet...
posted by wendell at 10:56 PM on July 22, 2000


If somebody really has developed a flying car, then they'll have to change the commercial copy to refer to some other unfulfilled promise of the year 2000... like a high-speed internet...
posted by wendell at 10:56 PM on July 22, 2000


Somebody did develop a flying car. It was mentioned in Scientific American about six months back. They said it would retail for about a million and be available in 2003 or thereabouts.
posted by fable at 11:05 PM on July 22, 2000


Screw flying cars. I WANT MY F@<#ING JETPACK!
posted by Ezrael at 8:29 AM on July 23, 2000


That reminds me... did anyone read the article about convergence vs. divergence in Upside? Any opinions?
posted by Aaaugh! at 10:37 AM on July 23, 2000


Next time you're in traffic, take a look around. How many of these people do you think could safely operate a flying car?
posted by harmful at 11:28 AM on July 23, 2000


Well, I'd never trust THAT bozo to drive a flying ca... oops, I'm looking in the rear-view mirror... (and I need a haircut, too...)
posted by wendell at 2:04 PM on July 23, 2000


Screw flying jetpacks. I WANT MY F@<#ING ROBOT MAID!

Preferably one which looks vaguely human and doubles as a ...uhm, exercise equiptment.
posted by ZachsMind at 3:35 PM on July 23, 2000


I'd imagine it would require something like a modified pilot's license. I don't know if I'd leave my house if the people around here were allowed to drive flying cars. Most of them can't parallel park.

And I just knew somebody would bring up the jetpack.
posted by fable at 3:41 PM on July 23, 2000


Actually, IBM has blown the deadline for one of its most public advance product announcements: HAL 9000. :)

But me, I'd settle for mainframe software in places like airlines that could handle the apostrophe in my last name. Y2K we could apparently handle, but every day that passes makes me think my kids will spell our name without the apostophe, just to make life simpler...

posted by aurelian at 12:16 AM on July 24, 2000


Flight, pah! Anyone who's anyone nowadays drives/pilots a Ground effect flying, floaty thing
posted by Markb at 3:21 AM on July 24, 2000


Seek and ye shall fly.
posted by plinth at 6:11 AM on July 24, 2000


I hope the flying car really takes off (so to speak) if only to clear the roads so I can actually bike to work in safety.
posted by daveadams at 6:35 AM on July 24, 2000


As it happens, Fable, pilot's licenses come in categories.

Fixed wing, rotary wing, lighter-than-air (good luck building time for *that* one :-), and the newest category: powered lift. This covers the Moller, and also the Bell/Boeing tilt-rotors.
posted by baylink at 4:19 PM on July 24, 2000


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