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2013-10-11 12:13:50 AM
img.gawkerassets.com

Why did you fail to open the door in a timely manner? You have failed me for the last time, Chauffeur Ozzel.
 
2013-10-11 12:56:49 AM
It looks like the forgot to take into account pedestrian safety standards (fair, since they didn't exist at the time), the increasing girth of the American people (should've realized that was coming since convenience foods and fast food were on the rise back then), and the weakening joints of the aging boomer population.
 
2013-10-11 02:08:16 AM
'60's Hot Wheels beats all.
 
2013-10-11 02:09:23 AM
itsdonestreet.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-10-11 02:47:22 AM
at least he didn't give everything a bubble cockpit thing.
 
2013-10-11 03:30:47 AM
One could do worse than to Google Syd Mead and spend a half hour looking at his work. You almost certainly have seen his work just didn't know it was his, unless you're one of 5 people on Fark who've never seen Blade Runner or Tron.
 
2013-10-11 03:33:40 AM
Also TFA is a decade off, those illustrations were done by Mead for US Steel in 1961. Yeah he figured out the rough shape of an 70s/80s Cadillac, in 1961.
 
2013-10-11 03:44:57 AM
Still closer to reality than Back To The Future 2

/Here's a fun fact: In Back To The Future 2, the future was purposefully written to be as an unlikely future with unrealistic technology that the writers knew could never be created.
 
Skr
2013-10-11 05:41:03 AM
Never really cared for the closed rear wheel well design myself. Looks like a pain in the arse to change a flat and would accumulate mud/snow worse than open wells. Maybe there is no mud or snow in the future.

/I wonder how many stars the artist put on the American Flag
 
2013-10-11 06:03:01 AM
Man, why is it that all the future stuff from the past shows an awesome future, while anything about the future today has to make it a dystopian or post-apocalyptic world, despite the fact that we're more technologically advanced, intelligent, and longer lived than previous generations. Yet any fiction set in a better future is seen as cheesy. Why?
 
2013-10-11 06:19:23 AM

Richard C Stanford: Man, why is it that all the future stuff from the past shows an awesome future, while anything about the future today has to make it a dystopian or post-apocalyptic world, despite the fact that we're more technologically advanced, intelligent, and longer lived than previous generations. Yet any fiction set in a better future is seen as cheesy. Why?


It's easier to be a cynic,and besides, who wants to look stupid and predict whole meals in one pill, flying cars, or a completely plastic house that housewives will wash with a garden hose?

and don't forget, there was plenty of dystopian outlooks about the future long before today. right off the top of my head, 1984, a brave new world, the time machine, and metropolis.
 
2013-10-11 06:39:01 AM

Richard C Stanford: Man, why is it that all the future stuff from the past shows an awesome future, while anything about the future today has to make it a dystopian or post-apocalyptic world, despite the fact that we're more technologically advanced, intelligent, and longer lived than previous generations. Yet any fiction set in a better future is seen as cheesy. Why?


Compare a 50s/60s future with a 70s future.

A 70s future was pretty bleak. Movies like Soylent Green or Damnation Alley etc weren't exactly harbingers of joy.
 
2013-10-11 06:41:13 AM

Archie Goodwin: 50s/60s future


COMMUNISM!!!
 
2013-10-11 06:55:31 AM

cman: Here's a fun fact: In Back To The Future 2, the future was purposefully written to be as an unlikely future with unrealistic technology that the writers knew could never be created.


So he had the Cubs winning the pennant.
 
2013-10-11 07:36:57 AM

Richard C Stanford: Yet any fiction set in a better future is seen as cheesy. Why?


It's really a function of how we feel about today. The 50s/60s were an era of great optimism in America- we were the first super-power, the technological power-house which was finding out that it ruled the entire world. Popular culture reflected that. The 70s into the early 80s reversed that- we had a hideous quagmire of a war, followed by economic disruptions, oil embargoes and nations around the world shrugging off our neo-colonial yoke.

There have been brief up-and-down periods since, but there's been a general consensus in America that the present is scary. We are surrounded by threats on all sides- whether it's the criminal gangs which thrived in the 80s/90s, communists, political correctness, terrorists. We have a bleak picture of the future because we have a bleak picture of the present.
 
2013-10-11 07:46:01 AM
Does anyone else see this stuff and wonder where all the innovation is?  We are such a profit driven society that seems like on a consumer level the only thing that ever really advances is cell phones now and www.hbtune.compeople go crazy spend thousands over years for this type of :innovation.

This biggest leap of things that i have purchased in my life, cell phones, video game systems, tvs, where is my hoverboard??s3files.core77.com
 
2013-10-11 07:52:14 AM

WillofJ2: where is my hoverboard


It's held up by physics. A device like that isn't physically possible. Also, Robert Zemeckis is history's greatest monster for claiming, during the behind the scenes special, that the Hover Board was a real toy, and the only reason it hadn't entered the market was that Mattel feared the reaction from parents' groups. He taught an entire generation of children to not believe  anything. That, more than anything else, probably played a large role in making me an atheist.
 
2013-10-11 07:58:28 AM

t3knomanser: WillofJ2: where is my hoverboard

It's held up by physics. A device like that isn't physically possible. Also, Robert Zemeckis is history's greatest monster for claiming, during the behind the scenes special, that the Hover Board was a real toy, and the only reason it hadn't entered the market was that Mattel feared the reaction from parents' groups. He taught an entire generation of children to not believe  anything. That, more than anything else, probably played a large role in making me an atheist.


dream crusher
 
2013-10-11 08:14:54 AM

WillofJ2: Does anyone else see this stuff and wonder where all the innovation is?  We are such a profit driven society that seems like on a consumer level the only thing that ever really advances is cell phones now and [www.hbtune.com image 585x209]people go crazy spend thousands over years for this type of :innovation.

This biggest leap of things that i have purchased in my life, cell phones, video game systems, tvs, where is my hoverboard??[s3files.core77.com image 468x347]


With smart phones the early adopters who didn't need them for specific business reasons were suckers. But we've all been caught off guard by them, they weren't supposed to get here for many generations, and then Moore's law put them in our hands.

My prediction of the future... Wall to wall windows in cities full of green-spaces, where people eat minimally processed foods grown in their ideal environments and transported by a hybrid cargo network. I'd like to see some Sterling-cycle hybrids but no one understands me when I say "run them to charge the batteries not the motors" so that will probably never happen. Styling? This world seems to resort to smoothness in consumer goods, but people will continue to pay premiums for that "ripped denim" look in all things. 80% of business profits will belong to 20% of the corporations, but more people will earn their livings doing things by hand and in small batches that demand a premium over the machine processed items.

Barring significant advances in abilities to shield and propulse humans will stay on earth, unless someone finds economic interests in the soil of Luna or the rings of Saturn.

Oh, and massive solar farms charging molten salt batteries, including a bunch on the East Coast where they'll be maintained along side shade tolerant crops so you can double your land use. A solar farm that can literally be solar-farm will be the sort of family business of the future.
 
2013-10-11 08:32:31 AM
Syd Mead is my favorite Mid-Century futurist, if only because he inspired the outlines (though not the details)
of our modern design world.
 
2013-10-11 08:32:35 AM

wildcardjack: hybrids but no one understands me when I say "run them to charge the batteries not the motors"


There are gasoline-based true hybrids, but they're mostly used in public transportation. In America, at least, we tend to view driving as a battle, and you need to have the acceleration to compete with other drivers on the roadway. We sort of set the tone for the rest of the world on that front.
 
2013-10-11 08:40:54 AM

t3knomanser: wildcardjack: hybrids but no one understands me when I say "run them to charge the batteries not the motors"

There are gasoline-based true hybrids, but they're mostly used in public transportation. In America, at least, we tend to view driving as a battle, and you need to have the acceleration to compete with other drivers on the roadway. We sort of set the tone for the rest of the world on that front.


And you thus make my point in "no one understands me when I say run the Sterling-cycle hybrid to charge the battery not the motor".
 
2013-10-11 08:46:34 AM

t3knomanser: WillofJ2: where is my hoverboard

It's held up by physics. A device like that isn't physically possible. Also, Robert Zemeckis is history's greatest monster for claiming, during the behind the scenes special, that the Hover Board was a real toy, and the only reason it hadn't entered the market was that Mattel feared the reaction from parents' groups. He taught an entire generation of children to not believe  anything. That, more than anything else, probably played a large role in making me an atheist.


Mr. Zemeckis did not issue the claim; the claim was stated by Leslie Nielsen, and was intended to be a joke. Unfortunately, many viewers -- who had also observed Mr. Nielsen dropping his watch into what they apparently believed to be a fully functional "Mr. Fusion" power reactor -- did not understand the nature of his statement. Reportedly, many of these individuals are also distraught over the fate of the stranded castaways on Gilligan's Island.
 
2013-10-11 08:48:36 AM

wildcardjack: And you thus make my point in "no one understands me when I say run the Sterling-cycle hybrid to charge the battery not the motor".


Well, the point I'm making is that people understand it, but there's no market drive for it. I expect that sort of thing will happen as self-driving car services take off. Once cars are self-driving, there really won't be much reason to own a car- you'll call for a car when you need one. With a good routing system, you could get something that offers most of the efficiencies of carpooling. The operators would of course want it to be even more efficient, which brings us to a true-hybrid system.
 
2013-10-11 08:50:51 AM

Dimensio: Mr. Zemeckis did not issue the claim; the claim was stated by Leslie Nielsen, and was intended to be a joke


I don't even remember Leslie Nielsen being in the behind-the-scenes, but at that time, I had no idea who he was. Well, he gets to be history's greatest monster then.
 
2013-10-11 09:56:12 AM

wildcardjack: I'd like to see some Sterling-cycle hybrids



Do they convert silver to electricity?
 
2013-10-11 10:01:14 AM
Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.

Benjamin: Yes, sir.

Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?

Benjamin: Yes, I am.

Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
 
2013-10-11 10:16:20 AM
AH HAHAHAHA POINT AND LAUGH AT THE SILLY PEOPLE IN THE PAST!!!

Except the space fantasies, THOSE are iron-clad prophecies for the SPECIES and are NOT wrong at all!
 
2013-10-11 10:36:07 AM
Those are some bad projections on the cars.  The one with the horses makes my eyes go funky.  Either the wheels placement is not square or the back and front ends have differeing angles.
 
2013-10-11 10:42:23 AM

Richard C Stanford: Man, why is it that all the future stuff from the past shows an awesome future, while anything about the future today has to make it a dystopian or post-apocalyptic world, despite the fact that we're more technologically advanced, intelligent, and longer lived than previous generations. Yet any fiction set in a better future is seen as cheesy. Why?


See every other main page entry and all will be revealed.

I've personally reached an age where, while it's clear that the peripherals to life are superior to my youth, the behaviour of humans is continuing to slide. Too many of us, too little planet left. Hence, dysutopian future.

On the other hand, if there's a story set in a happy, fair and just future, I suppose that could be after a worldwide mass cull and complete societal reboot that people prefer not to ever, ever discuss in detail, i.e. "Star Trek". They only allude to the reasons everyone got a replicator and nobody needs money and they are all as clever as TV writers: a couple of world wars, some random mutations and Vulcans as the deus ex machina function/boot-strappiness.
 
2013-10-11 10:44:06 AM
t3knomanser:  Robert Zemeckis is history's greatest monster

Now there's a T-shirt waiting to happen.
 
2013-10-11 10:45:52 AM

wildcardjack: t3knomanser: wildcardjack: hybrids but no one understands me when I say "run them to charge the batteries not the motors"

There are gasoline-based true hybrids, but they're mostly used in public transportation. In America, at least, we tend to view driving as a battle, and you need to have the acceleration to compete with other drivers on the roadway. We sort of set the tone for the rest of the world on that front.

And you thus make my point in "no one understands me when I say run the Sterling-cycle hybrid to charge the battery not the motor".


External combustion? Sounds dangerous!

/I kid. Sounds plausible.
 
2013-10-11 10:51:33 AM

Valiente: I've personally reached an age where, while it's clear that the peripherals to life are superior to my youth, the behaviour awareness I have now of how humans have always behaved is continuing to slide

grow....

Nothing's changed dude, you've just put down the toys and started paying attention.
 
2013-10-11 10:52:36 AM
Funny, the LAST thing I think of when I look at Syd Mead's artwork is 'STEEL!!!1!1!!one!!!'... steel is heavy and thick and hard to work smootly and cleanly compared to aluminum and acrylics and futuristic polymers... looks to me like a huge FAIL on the part of U.S. Steel.
 
2013-10-11 11:06:04 AM

Dimensio:  Reportedly, many of these individuals are also distraught over the fate of the stranded castaways on Gilligan's Island.


I am too.  It's terrible what Jacob did to them.
 
2013-10-11 11:20:23 AM

Dimensio: t3knomanser: WillofJ2: where is my hoverboard

It's held up by physics. A device like that isn't physically possible. Also, Robert Zemeckis is history's greatest monster for claiming, during the behind the scenes special, that the Hover Board was a real toy, and the only reason it hadn't entered the market was that Mattel feared the reaction from parents' groups. He taught an entire generation of children to not believe  anything. That, more than anything else, probably played a large role in making me an atheist.

Mr. Zemeckis did not issue the claim; the claim was stated by Leslie Nielsen, and was intended to be a joke. Unfortunately, many viewers -- who had also observed Mr. Nielsen dropping his watch into what they apparently believed to be a fully functional "Mr. Fusion" power reactor -- did not understand the nature of his statement. Reportedly, many of these individuals are also distraught over the fate of the stranded castaways on Gilligan's Island.


I've never been puzzled by the failures of the crew of the Minnow to get off the island, since both the
Professor and Gilligan were probably getting freaky very regularly with Ginger and Mary Ann in various
combinations.

But the freakiest freak of them all was Lovey Howell....
 
2013-10-11 11:22:27 AM

DjangoStonereaver: Dimensio: t3knomanser: WillofJ2: where is my hoverboard

It's held up by physics. A device like that isn't physically possible. Also, Robert Zemeckis is history's greatest monster for claiming, during the behind the scenes special, that the Hover Board was a real toy, and the only reason it hadn't entered the market was that Mattel feared the reaction from parents' groups. He taught an entire generation of children to not believe  anything. That, more than anything else, probably played a large role in making me an atheist.

Mr. Zemeckis did not issue the claim; the claim was stated by Leslie Nielsen, and was intended to be a joke. Unfortunately, many viewers -- who had also observed Mr. Nielsen dropping his watch into what they apparently believed to be a fully functional "Mr. Fusion" power reactor -- did not understand the nature of his statement. Reportedly, many of these individuals are also distraught over the fate of the stranded castaways on Gilligan's Island.

I've never been puzzled by the failures of the crew of the Minnow to get off the island, since both the
Professor and Gilligan were probably getting freaky very regularly with Ginger and Mary Ann in various
combinations.

But the freakiest freak of them all was Lovey Howell....


The concept of Gilligan's Island fanfic featuring her as a coprophagic sub...wait...there is it....the distinctive crack of a seal of the Apocalypse. YAY!
 
2013-10-11 11:46:28 AM

Valiente: DjangoStonereaver: Dimensio: t3knomanser: WillofJ2: where is my hoverboard

It's held up by physics. A device like that isn't physically possible. Also, Robert Zemeckis is history's greatest monster for claiming, during the behind the scenes special, that the Hover Board was a real toy, and the only reason it hadn't entered the market was that Mattel feared the reaction from parents' groups. He taught an entire generation of children to not believe  anything. That, more than anything else, probably played a large role in making me an atheist.

Mr. Zemeckis did not issue the claim; the claim was stated by Leslie Nielsen, and was intended to be a joke. Unfortunately, many viewers -- who had also observed Mr. Nielsen dropping his watch into what they apparently believed to be a fully functional "Mr. Fusion" power reactor -- did not understand the nature of his statement. Reportedly, many of these individuals are also distraught over the fate of the stranded castaways on Gilligan's Island.

I've never been puzzled by the failures of the crew of the Minnow to get off the island, since both the
Professor and Gilligan were probably getting freaky very regularly with Ginger and Mary Ann in various
combinations.

But the freakiest freak of them all was Lovey Howell....

The concept of Gilligan's Island fanfic featuring her as a coprophagic sub...wait...there is it....the distinctive crack of a seal of the Apocalypse. YAY!


No way:

media.liveauctiongroup.net

Lovey's a dom, no two ways about it.
 
2013-10-11 11:48:15 AM
Okay... I actually kinda want one of these:

oi40.tinypic.com
 
2013-10-11 11:52:10 AM

SirTanon: Okay... I actually kinda want one of these:

[oi40.tinypic.com image 640x360]


a.imageshack.us

That was a style for a while.
 
2013-10-11 01:13:44 PM

DjangoStonereaver: Valiente: DjangoStonereaver: Dimensio: t3knomanser: WillofJ2: where is my hoverboard

It's held up by physics. A device like that isn't physically possible. Also, Robert Zemeckis is history's greatest monster for claiming, during the behind the scenes special, that the Hover Board was a real toy, and the only reason it hadn't entered the market was that Mattel feared the reaction from parents' groups. He taught an entire generation of children to not believe  anything. That, more than anything else, probably played a large role in making me an atheist.

Mr. Zemeckis did not issue the claim; the claim was stated by Leslie Nielsen, and was intended to be a joke. Unfortunately, many viewers -- who had also observed Mr. Nielsen dropping his watch into what they apparently believed to be a fully functional "Mr. Fusion" power reactor -- did not understand the nature of his statement. Reportedly, many of these individuals are also distraught over the fate of the stranded castaways on Gilligan's Island.

I've never been puzzled by the failures of the crew of the Minnow to get off the island, since both the
Professor and Gilligan were probably getting freaky very regularly with Ginger and Mary Ann in various
combinations.

But the freakiest freak of them all was Lovey Howell....

The concept of Gilligan's Island fanfic featuring her as a coprophagic sub...wait...there is it....the distinctive crack of a seal of the Apocalypse. YAY!

No way:

[media.liveauctiongroup.net image 800x985]

Lovey's a dom, no two ways about it.


Which logically renames Thurston to "Peggy"? I'm picturing some kind of strap-on taro root or perhaps a manioc....

(We may be overthinking how things went down on Minnow Island.)
 
2013-10-11 02:21:25 PM
Car companies only need to do two things for all of my money.

1. Have Sid Mead design a car.
2. Build that car.


/Well, three things:
/3. Hunt down whoever dares to alter those plans before final production.
/They are a replicant and must be destroyed.
 
2013-10-11 02:42:11 PM

way south: Car companies only need to do two things for all of my money.

1. Have Sid Mead design a car.
2. Build that car.


/Well, three things:
/3. Hunt down whoever dares to alter those plans before final production.
/They are a replicant and must be destroyed.


Syd Mead IS the future!  Well, for a little while longer, anyway.  Dude's 80.  But Jesus, his designs have always been amazing.
 
2013-10-11 02:52:43 PM
What our future SHOULD have been like:
img.fark.net

What we got instead:
t0.gstatic.com
 
2013-10-11 07:55:27 PM
img.gawkerassets.com

Perspective is so whacky on that one that it looks like the car is bent.
 
2013-10-11 08:13:04 PM

Dragonflew: [img.gawkerassets.com image 640x360]

Perspective is so whacky on that one that it looks like the car is bent.


It needs a GET BENT bumper sticker.
 
2013-10-12 02:37:13 AM
If there's one thing I hate about the modern era, it's the cars. The cars of today are all same looking, no lines, horribly bland. You can't even tell them apart. One thing the '50s and '60s and '70s did was make beautiful, stylish cars that weren't afraid to look good.
 
2013-10-12 02:57:07 AM

Terrible Old Man: If there's one thing I hate about the modern era, it's the cars. The cars of today are all same looking, no lines, horribly bland. You can't even tell them apart. One thing the '50s and '60s and '70s did was make beautiful, stylish cars that weren't afraid to look good.


I miss them myself.

The problem today is that aerodynamic goals (for gas mileage) define much of the design, and there aren't too many variations in what works.
 
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