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PostSubject: Highways to the future?   Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:15 am

Hi all,

I was over on another forum (lottaliving) and ran across a post on Magic Highways by Disney. Here's a link to the YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6S18LCISRm4

I also found a blog about it:

http://www.paleofuture.com/2007/11/magic-highway-usa-publicity-stills-1958.html

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So why wasn't this implemented! I know the technology is there!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Highways to the future?   Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:45 am

Love the pictures on the blog! Reminds me of a Roadrunner/Coyote cartoon. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Highways to the future?   Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:37 am

They are neat! If you go to archive.org at this link:

http://www.archive.org/details/your_safety_first

It's like the Jetson's animators used this as a pattern....

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PostSubject: Re: Highways to the future?   Fri Mar 21, 2008 8:36 pm

The only thing I can think of is that we're not "The Future" yet. Technically this stuff can be done but it's expensive, and you know how hard it is to get Senators and government bumblebees to give up their hookers and Viagra cars and spend the money on things people need.
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PostSubject: Re: Highways to the future?   Fri Mar 21, 2008 10:45 pm

Yeah, it all goes back to my political he-man thread...where have all the good guys (and gals) gone!

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PostSubject: Re: Highways to the future?   Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:16 am

I notice they only ever show the roads with a few cars on them. No traffic jams with irate people hurling abuse at each other. Noone cutting you up in a 4X4.

A nuclear tunneler- that'll be the day, you wouldn't need to install lighting, tunnel walls would glow in the dark, and so would you after a trip through it!

They seemed to think nuclear energy was going to solve all our problems back in atomic era.

Still, some things came true. Radar on cars, little tv screens instead of rear view mirrors, safety devices, traffic bulletins (which tend to warn you about 30 seconds before you actually run into the jam!).

Air ambulance is also a reality. Conferences held via screens.

What they didn't predict, is that with all that ease of living, so many people would end up as large as the houses they predicted they'd live in.

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