Tuesday, 29 Reckning 2014
Many have heard about the famous IBM flying car commercial, but I am unsure how many are aware that it was a 2000 commercial for a rival to Microsoft Office that IBM was pimping to try and convince the business community that it would be wiser to use this computer software stuff instead of that computer software stuff to handle their computer software needs. I’m not sure how to tell you how that all went down except to inform you that I know of people who, to this day, are still using both in their day to day business activities. And that IBM and Microsoft are still both quite profitable corporate entities today.
Somebody should stop to think of the incredible complications that would be coming up if people could get their very own vehicle to fly from their homes to the local store whenever they needed another deck of smokes and a six pack for the night, and there was more than enough charge left in the batteries from the day’s activities to get the job done. And they had better do it very quickly – the Moller SkyCar is $80 million closer to being a reality and the Terrafugia looks so awesome I can’t believe I haven’t seen one around the high end part of town. They are talking about 8-12 years until their TF-X vehicle is available for production but hopefully they will have a lot of the kinks in the autopilot systems worked out by then as well.
My basic point is to let you know, if you weren’t already aware, that there are already the beginnings of a brave new world out there. I hope to find that the wonderful toys I featured on these pages in days gone by are still available for those interested in acquiring them as I resurrect more and more old content.
But I would really like to show you, dear reader, something else that has been pointed to by the Shakesville Science Department:
This sounds like a very interesting concept. The potholes are quite nasty around these parts these days and the thought of these panels all over the place (along with the improved roadwork and sanitation / runoff water reclamation potential that comes with their installation) sounds like it has a lot of potential for improving road conditions, improving the national infrastructure, and improving the quality of life in the areas where it gets installed. If they can do this for less than concrete or asphalt then let me know when I can install it in my driveway and my sidewalks. I would definitely consider replacing as much of my pitiful excuse for a lawn as possible at the same time. You can check out their IndieGoGo campaign, and anyone who knows Jay Leno should really tell him about this and ask him if he would be interested in installing a prototype in his zones. I would absolutely love it if they caught on and started getting installed all over the place. I was going to send an email to Ed Begley Jr., an amazingly together and awesomely inspiring individual to many, not least Your Humble Narrator* – but I recently learned that he has been attempted to be punked by that Teabagging Republicant Piece of Kimchi James O’Keefe and is probably not in the mood to hear from some blogger, even if he is one of his biggest fans. But, Ed – seriously, you should look into this – especially if there are some serious potholes in any of your pathways…
It is my sincere hope that I am able to see at least some of these technological advances in place and functioning in the real world. Quite a long way to come from someone who used to dream of living in a corridor…
* – many eons ago in internets time, I contacted Ed about a bit that he did that I dug up, and he informed me about him and Michael Nesmith riffing one day. You can hear the clip I have of most of the results of that riffing here.