I’ve been around the world and met a lot of people along the way in this war in the trenches. Despite changing zip codes, country codes, coworker demographics, and uniforms, somehow I invariably have the same conversation with whatever happens to be my present social circle. Somebody in the circle will say, “man, whatever happened to the flying car? This is supposed to be the 21st century, the future dammit. They promised me a flying car!” Then everybody agrees vehemently and talk ensues about how ultra awesome the flying car would be. They want one too.
Am I the only one who’s ever had this conversation occur and reoccur? Maybe it is just me, and I bring this discussion upon myself somehow. I know I used to be in the circle, vehemently agreeing. Because it flies miles above awesome. In my mind the flying car is the conveyance of choice of Jesus Christ. Then realization struck; I suddenly figured out the answer to the all powerful initial question: whatever happened to the flying car?
We happened. We suck. We can barely drive in two damn dimensions, yet everybody’s screaming to drive in three? This ain’t the Jetsons, this is a world where people tweet and text and eat and spill coffee in their own laps while they’re driving. You know those people who drive regular ass cars that do any number of things that’ll have you yelling and ranting and getting ever closer to a coronary? Imagine them dive bombing at you cause they’re busy putting on make-up, or envision them coming up at you in a straight vertical… collision course your floorboard where you can’t even see your impending doom… because they’re too busy rooting through their futuristic glove box to see they’re climbing like Crackhead Icarus.
We live in the 21st Century, where our smartphones do more than tricorders in Star Trek. We’ve pretty much put Wall-E on Mars, where he’s collecting rocks until a sleek new robot comes through for an adventure of a lifetime. Honestly, I think we’ve got the technology to make flying cars the standard in a marketplace where literally everyone wants one. The only reason we don’t have them is because it would usher in Self-Inflicted Doomsday.