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Where’s my flying car, then?

December 23, 2015

I’d like to have my own flying car.

Matthew Wright

It’s funny how every new gadget, however trivial, comes wrapped in the idea that it is the Way Of The Future.

Wright_ArtDeco2015_01The other week it was smart suitcases that text you from the luggage conveyor in airports. That, I admit, has a pretty good chance of taking off.

But what about all the other stuff that – supposedly – was going to re-define our lives? Everything from the cashless society to paperless offices to food pills to the death of the cinema to flying cars?

Flying cars especially. Every few years, somebody builds one and we’re told – yet again – that soon we’ll all be using them. It’s inevitable. The idea that they’re an automatic next step has never gone away, it’s just a matter of waiting, get with the program.

Actually, they won’t happen – and for sound engineering reasons, quite apart from the practical nightmare of having…

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