Forbes Asks ‘Hey Future, What’s Up? Where’s My Jetpack?!’

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Chris Glass pointed us over to this feature in the newest issue of Forbes: “The Future,” which includes a number of stories concerning the future and why it hasn’t panned out exactly as we thought it might, what with the noticeable lack of flying cars and very few things that shoot lasers. But they also flip to the other side of the coin, talking about what’s going right and how it’s being done. What’s more, they also talked to a whole slew of big names, like Nicholas Negroponte and Syd Mead, and asked them about their disappointments in the state of 2007 as well as what’s completely floored them. Here’s what Negroponte said:

What’s one thing you were sure would happen, but didn’t?

Speech recognition. I was certain that voice-activated computing, especially because of cellphone growth, would be far more mature and in daily use by 2007. It really has not happened beyond discrete and limited speech.

What’s something that totally surprised you?

Large format liquid crystal displays. The size of the biggest LCDs far exceeds what I would have imagined by now. Keep in mind that many of the LCDs you see are cut from much bigger glass substrates.