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I keep wanting to get a few of the makers I know together and see if we could create the future that they thought we'd have now. Like full on just make that retro future real as far as we can. passenger drone flying car, housework robot, push button meal preperation, etc. I look at the predictions that 'haven't happened' and mostly it's because we went another direction, not because it's impossible.


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I keep wanting to get a few of the makers I know together and see if we could create the future that they thought we'd have now. Like full on just make that retro future real as far as we can. passenger drone flying car, housework robot, push button meal preperation, etc. I look at the predictions that 'haven't happened' and mostly it's because we went another direction, not because it's impossible.

 

 

Exactly,

 

All the wealth want back to the wealthy as the wealthy brainwashed the population to turn against unions and their right to have a fair and decent wage. Good luck affording a house hold robot or a flying car with the wages people make these days...Hell, society doesn't even invest in infrastructure anymore for the most part.

 

How insane.

 

I think if assholes like Reagan, Bushs and Trumps never got into power the future would have want more like we expected.


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The 50s truly began in 1947.

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How A Small Virginia Diner Tried to Overcome Segregation

 

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(Mother Jones) Since its beginnings in 1952, Wright’s Dairy-Rite served all people, of any color. That may have been unusual in Staunton, Virginia, at the time, but the custard shop’s owner, Alka Greer Wright, believed in serving everybody.

 

“She felt that everybody needed to be treated the same,” her son, Forester Wright Jr., told the Staunton News Leader. While it was common back then for restaurants to have separate entrances for people of color, Wright’s Dairy-Rite just had the one door. “Everybody came to the front. They’d get in line, we’d ask them what they want, and they ate their ice cream with everybody else.”

 

A dozen years later, in 1964, after the ice cream stand had been turned into a “Happy Days”-style fast-food restaurant, Wright Jr. met a very determined 16-year-old woman named Barbara Lee. She asked to be the first African-American to serve customers curbside.

 

Wright hesitated, worried that she would be subject to harassment from customers. But Lee insisted—and got the job. Wright would often listen in on the call box to make sure Lee was safe outside. One night, six white boys pulled up and threw a tray at her, and Lee, scared, left immediately. Though she got home safely, she quit because of the incident.

 

More than a half-century later, the two met again at the Dairy-Rite, where the Staunton News Leader filmed an interview with them. Sharing a booth, Wright said he’d always respected Lee for what she did. “There was an angel looking out for me, and I did not know it,” Lee said, looking at Wright. “And he was my angel.”

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An old photo of Wright's Dairy-Rite, screenshot courtesy of the Staunton News Leader.

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I love '50s UFOs. They look so raw and so fake. If they're real, it's especially strange to imagine them in such low-tech times (doubly so in low-tech places, like rural Scandinavia, Africa, or the American West). They're a fundamental part of the 1950s to me.

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Here's George Adamski's pisspoor lampshade with ping pong balls UFO

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Interesting how there was a surge of flying saucer sightings in the late 40’s and 50’s, precisely when the aviation industry was booming, acquired new technologies from WW2 and commercial flights expanded. 



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^ I was just thinking about this last night. I live relatively close to a military airport, so I see & hear planes and helicopters all the time but not so close that I can hear them take off. At night, an aircraft flying at an odd angle can look otherworldly because you just see this diagonal or triangular slant in the sky. 

 

Now consider that most people had never actually seen planes or helicopters in the 1940s and 1950s. They had certainly heard of them and may have seen pictures of them, but there were few commercial airliners and those were exclusive to the wealthy. Most airplanes were military in nature. Most pilots were part of the air force. If you were in the USA, UK, Germany, Japan, these countries, you were definitely familiar with airplanes, but elsewhere, they were just a rare sight from the wealthier nations.

 

It's sort of like how we don't have many clear visions or ideas of what a flying car/passenger drone highway might look like at night (though I found a decent comparison with Chinese lanterns a few years back)— when people thought of planes, they typically imagined them the way you might see them in a magazine or in a newsreel rather than in reality. They didn't much think of all the signal lights that would be on them. And when jet planes were new, you heard entirely new sounds in the sky no one had ever heard before. 

 

So take all that into consideration and now imagine a rancher or small town suburbanite in the early 1950s, someone who had certainly heard of airplanes but had only seen a few military and small civilian craft on occasion. Now it's night time and here comes an early jet plane being flown. This person has absolutely no clue what he's looking at. It's a bundle of lights in the sky, seemingly floating at an odd angle and moving faster than he'd known planes to move. When he goes to ask others what he just saw, they have no clue either. They can't just check the internet since that won't exist for another half century for them. The news doesn't mention it either. It's a mystery.

 

Of course he'd think he had just seen little green men shooting across the sky!


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^^^ Also too I'm sure militaries at the time were testing new kinds of aircraft with I guess we can say... an unconventional appearance to them. At the time, the US and USSR were in an arms race and were surely testing new kinds of aircraft to spy on each others nuclear facilities. Since they wanted to keep these tests in secrecy, the legends of extraterrestrial ships, government conspiracies and other sensational nonsense gained momentum when something slipped out. And the private sector was in the midst of capitalizing on new military technologies and making commercial jets.

 

Obviously, the military tests were not successful and didn't catch on because we're not flying in saucer-shaped aircraft today.



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I keep wanting to get a few of the makers I know together and see if we could create the future that they thought we'd have now. Like full on just make that retro future real as far as we can. passenger drone flying car, housework robot, push button meal preperation, etc. I look at the predictions that 'haven't happened' and mostly it's because we went another direction, not because it's impossible.

Actually, it partially *is* because it's impossible. Passenger drones are fine and all, but even airline companies don't use 100% autopilot yet. For passenger drones to truly take flight, we need autonomous vehicle technology to progress and that will only happen with further advances in computing power and artificial intelligence.  Same deal with domestic robots and automated chefs. Machine learning is almost but not quite there and absolutely wouldn't work out otherwise. An analog system that tries to emulate it would be so complex that a little pebble getting clogged could shut the whole thing down.

 

If anything, computing power is only just now allowing us to realize the dreams of earlier decades like the 1950s and the 1980s. We grew so accustomed to those dreams being squashed by our dismal computing capabilities that we even stopped thinking of them as realistic. 

Like with vertical-landing rocket ships... The Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy landings are straight outta 1950s sci-fi, and I mean literally. It's computers that allow for such a thing to happen so accurately and smoothly. 

Ray guns exist, but they require loads of energy. Without room temperature superconductors and superbatteries, there's no way to make them really useful.


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