Originally Posted by bsimeral
Are you old enough to have seen 2001 in the movies? None of us took it seriously....it was just science fiction.
Hey what do you mean "none of us"?
Real geeks like me who were nerdy enough they never got a date, couldn't possibly have imagined that NASA would so totally mismanage the space program and that the public would just lose interest as a result. (Space was our only hope, man, we knew we'd never get the hot chicks down here
I absolutely thought in '67 or whatever that we'd have a serious, rotating for artificial-G, working space station up there by 2001, and that we'd of course have a permanent moonbase.
Interestingly, what that film got right ("right" as a prediction; it got tons of stuff "right" as brilliant cinema) is the commercialization of space. The Hilton, the AT&T space phone, Pan Am shuttle (even if some of the companies have changed since then). Look at how the last days of Russia's MIR were in part sponsored by Pepsi, look at Vigin Intergalactic's planned commercial spaceship "Enterprise", the other sponsored trips with the Russian program (darn those ex-commies are great capitalists!)
Of course I didn't exactly take the intergalactic wormhole in the monolith orbiting Jupiter too seriously
. But it did help make good use of some other "renewable resource" on repeated late-night viewings
OK, prediction: After some ground-breaking lawsuit that overturns the various state limited-liability laws like the CO Ski Safety Act, mandatory signed (not "shrink-wrap back of ticket") waivers and mandatory physical/medical screening before allowing people onto the slopes. Horrific idea to me (unless it included psychological screening of snowboarders
) but in this crazy litigious society I can just see it happening. Insurance companies will require it as a reaction to Joe and Dolly Doe wanting skiing to be as safe as a trip to Disney. Bleeech