Since the dawn of time (roughly) mankind has tried to predict the future of technology. Unsurprisingly often this involves fantasising about personal, driverless pods that take the place of cars. As today’s Technology Guardian reports, futuristic “personal rapid transport” (PRT) systems are likely to become a reality. Most probably says the Grauniad at airports, in urban centres and in other areas where new roads are difficult or expensive and light rail isn’t an option. Heathrow’s Terminal 5 will be the biggest live trial yet, and BAA says it will extend the pilot throughout the airport, if it’s successful.
This all seems to rather miss the point. Couldn’t the millions spent on developing a PRT system have been put towards the Back to the Future technologies that we know everyone wants? Here’s a list for starters:
• flying skateboards
Add your voice to the call for Nike’s hoverboots at the website of our favourite campaign of the moment: McFly 2015.
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