Remember when you were younger and dreamt of the future? Or heard wild mythical predictions of things that may exist in the next decade or so. Like flying cars that we were told would have been a thing by now – looks like that isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Or how about:
The following is a compilation of AskReddit responses to the question thread, “It’s 2017. What should we have by now?”
If you are a dreamer wishing for flying cars like I am or just curious about other responses, check out the original thread linked at the end of this article.
User Shaw-Deez mentioned these:
– Vending machines that recognize when an item hasn’t fallen that will turns the coil an extra quarter of a turn to release the item.
– Universal volume consistency for televisions. To avoid having to crank up the volume to hear the dialogue on the show you’re watching, then having your ears blown off during the commercials.
– Automatic faucets that give you an appropriate amount of water. Doctors recommend you wash your hands for twenty seconds. How are you suppose to do that with two tablespoons of water? These faucets are b.s.
– Ovens that don’t take ten minutes to preheat.
– Hangover free alcohol.
– Chicken flavored broccoli to make you forget you’re eating broccoli.
– Boxer shorts with built in testicle massagers.
– Pizza trucks, like ice cream trucks, only with pizza.
Widespread internet service. That probably is a thing in metro cities but I live in Northern Michigan, where I would love widespread internet service.
Ziplock bags inside our cereal boxes.
Reese’s peanut butter cup wrappers that the chocolate doesn’t stick to the bottom of.
Home printers that work consistently.
Conversely, I was sure we would be a paperless society by now.
Food in pill form and pills in food form.
LAUNDRY FOLDERS. IT’S 2017. WE PUT A MAN ON THE MOON ALMOST FIFTY YEARS AGO. WHY THE HECK AM I PULLING UNFOLDED LAUNDRY OUT OF MY DRYER.
I’m passionate about this.
I am surprised that we don’t have male birth control. You’d think there would be enough men interested in it for drug companies to give it a go. Apparently there are trials, now, but maybe the market just isn’t that big.
More humane treatments for cancer that don’t involve killing the rest of the body’s cells in the cross-fire.
Honestly, the way we dispose of our garbage seems antiquated. A truck drives from house to house picking up bins and throwing it in the back. I don’t get how there isn’t a more “futuristic” way to do this.
A cure for baldness.
Grass that only grows so long and never has to be mowed.
A cure for allergies.
Got. Damn. Jetpacks. Not like the b.s tied to a tether kind. Not super explosive. Just regular I get up at 7 am have to get to work at 9 wearing my jetpack, jetpacks.
A vastly reduced dependency on oil, especially when it comes to cars. We’re getting there, but it’s slow goings.
Better food in hospitals for patients.
Less working hours. We work the same amount of hours people did like 50 years ago. Meanwhile, automation and computers have increased productivity like what, 500% probably. Maybe we could just settle for 100% productivity and not be depressed and overworked instead.
But no, let’s get 50% more money in our pocket to buy useless things we don’t need and keep working like our lives depend on it, and we can give the other 450% to a few people at the top instead. Seems pretty messed up to me.
Phones that last for a week on one charge.
Being able to listen to music on YouTube without needing to keep the damn application open.
Dog to human translators.
911 should know my location when I call from a cell phone. Uber can do it.
A way to straighten your hair that doesn’t involve copious burns to the scalp or hands or 45 minutes of your day. My friends with extremely long and curly hair will probably agree. Why can’t we just click a button and have soft, straight hair?
Digital wall calendars that you can make notes on
Not a mirror, not a tablet, a freaking calendar!! Just a calendar…potentially made out of that flexible stuff they’re making phones out of and something not connected to the internet (or connected to anything), an appliance that’s purpose is strictly a wall calendar.