Visions of the Future from the past
Where are the robots and silver jumpsuits?
By Yardena Arar | PC World | Published: 16:16, 21 July 10
From Jules Verne to Stanley Kubrick and beyond, writers and artists have imagined what the future would be like. Their visions range from the comically bizarre to the uncannily accurate to the wildly optimistic (where are those jet packs they promised us?!). Here's a quick collection of our favorite examples.
Fifth Element Taxis
Unless you are Onion News Network's Brandon Armstrong, the notion of a flying car probably seems as fanciful to you as the ornithopter was to Leonard da Vinci, a dream to be realised only in the distant future. We end this collection of future visions with one of the best flying car scenes in recent memory, from director Luc Besson's 1997 blockbuster The Fifth Element. As this image shows, Besson has anticipated the need of billboard advertiser to go vertical in an aerocar future.