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Old 11-23-16, 04:35 PM
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Trends you never saw coming when you were a kid

What goes on these days that you never would have predicted in the (insert decade) when you were a kid?

I'll start with a couple.

When I was a kid in the 70's, I never thought people would wear pajamas to the store.



Seriously, Mr. or Ms. Socksandsandals, who gave you permission to show up at the mall looking like you just ran out into the street to escape a house fire?

One more... I never in a million years would have predicted that folks would commonly chat on the phone in a public restroom, while dropping off the Cleveland Browns at the pool.



I mean, the technology is easily enough predicted, but I never thought class would be in such short demand that people would want to take advantage in this situation.
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Old 11-23-16, 04:56 PM
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The size of the bottled water market was not something I would have anticipated in the 70s.
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Still waiting for my jet pack that was promised to me in the sixties.... All I got is this lousy flip phone
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Old 11-23-16, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB View Post
Still waiting for my jet pack that was promised to me in the sixties.... All I got is this lousy flip phone
Hey! They always told us that there would be flying cars-Still waiting!

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Old 11-23-16, 08:48 PM
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Old 11-23-16, 08:52 PM
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Hey! They always told us that there would be flying cars-Still waiting!
We have those, they're called airplanes. The Jetsons-esque flying car will never materialize, because people, by and large, are morons. They cannot safely operate motor vehicles that only operate on two axes. Throw in a third, and the skies will fill with fire, while the ground below fills with wreckage.

The thing I never envisioned is the popularity of the entire construct that is "social media." Imagine trying to explain Twitter to someone in 1975. I also lived to see both the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. I thought I would go to my grave before either of those things happened.
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meh, as a child, my grandmother traveled by horse-and-buggy and lived to see men walk on the moon...

kinda hard to top that...
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1960 's , cell phones, and quadcopters (drones) for civilians.
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I never knew we would become a nation of wimps and cowards.
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Old 11-23-16, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by chewybrian View Post
....When I was a kid in the 70's, I never thought people would wear pajamas to the store.
I worked in a grocery store (an IGA) in the 1960's and it wasn't unusual at all to see house wife's is various states of undress. House coats were the PJ's for adult women in those days... and during the week-days often seen in the store. It was also common to see "Mom's" that were unsteady due to Darvon and High-balls. Those were the days...

I never saw the cell/smart phones coming.

Originally Posted by FBOATSB View Post
Still waiting for my jet pack that was promised to me in the sixties.... All I got is this lousy flip phone
Originally Posted by elcraft View Post
Hey! They always told us that there would be flying cars-Still waiting!
The lack of jet-packs and flying cars.... has been a major disappointment to me as well.

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Old 11-23-16, 11:25 PM
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I remember seeing Goldfinger in it's first run, and in watching the scene with a car having a map screen displaying a homing device location, I remember thinking to myself in that it will never happen, but alas, now GPS and vehicle navigation systems are common place.
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Old 11-23-16, 11:45 PM
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Old 11-24-16, 12:56 AM
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Advances in technology don't surprise me. If a thing can be done, it will be done. Dick Tracy comics predicted smart phone type communication devices, long before most sci-fi and more accurately.

We won't see wide acceptance of individually owned jet packs or flying cars, for the reasons Doc I mentioned. People are already too irresponsible with personal vehicles. But eventually there will be some use of AI or smart personal hovercraft on a limited scale, and somewhat larger use as taxis, but never with fully human controlled operation. They'll be programmed for pickup and dropoff, on rigid schedules and flight plans cleared in advance to prevent clashes with other aircraft.

I'm surprised only by the poor use of technology by individuals. Governments and military have made predictable use of information technology. It was inevitable this tech would be used to intrude into what once was considered private.

What disappoints me is how poorly individuals have used the same access to information technology. While it's easier than ever to vet news reports and rumors for accuracy, people instead choose to use the information to confirm their own biases and insulate themselves from readily available facts and context.

A notable example is the anti-vaxxer sub-culture. While the information can be complex and the data almost overwhelming, the context is conclusive that the benefits vastly outweigh the risks. Many of us are a single generation away from relatives and acquaintances who survived outbreaks of communicable diseases that killed or permanently disabled millions of people. I'm only 59 and have known for as long as I can remember the stories I heard from my parents about polio, and from my grandparents about deadly outbreaks of influenza, typhus and other diseases. That means my children and grandchildren had access to the same information. Yet their generations have been so overwhelmed by junk stimuli that they've become inured to useful information while they seem to have an insatiable appetite for the inconsequential.

Technology has not yet solved that problem. But if a thing can be done it will be done. That's the inevitable nature of technology.
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Old 11-24-16, 01:42 AM
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I'm puzzled why people are addicted to a little toy phone when they could have made a mixtape.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
We have those, they're called airplanes. The Jetsons-esque flying car will never materialize, because people, by and large, are morons. They cannot safely operate motor vehicles that only operate on two axes. Throw in a third, and the skies will fill with fire, while the ground below fills with wreckage.

The thing I never envisioned is the popularity of the entire construct that is "social media." Imagine trying to explain Twitter to someone in 1975. I also lived to see both the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. I thought I would go to my grave before either of those things happened.

I know...if you wanted to say a lot in a few garbled phrases we had alcohol and other stuff, ahem.


I was too young and cheeseburgers were LEGAL.
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Originally Posted by Johnny Mullet View Post
I never knew we would become a nation of wimps and cowards.
Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
What disappoints me is how poorly individuals have used the same access to information technology... While it's easier than ever to vet news reports and rumors for accuracy, people instead choose to use the information to confirm their own biases and insulate themselves from readily available facts and context.

Possibly related, but both are sad and true. It's not surprising that all the libraries of history are at our fingertips all the time (just like Kirk and Spock had).



What is surprising is that people are dumber, and truth does not win out, even with the luxury of free speech.

I would have expected the whole internet to become like Wikipedia, with fact checkers jumping in to knock down the spin and the lies.



Instead it's more often like Jerry Springer, with the loudest train wrecks fighting over the silliest nonsense, while the important issues go unaddressed, virtually unknown by many.

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We have those, they're called airplanes. The Jetsons-esque flying car will never materialize, because people, by and large, are morons. They cannot safely operate motor vehicles that only operate on two axes. Throw in a third, and the skies will fill with fire, while the ground below fills with wreckage.
We have too many cars driving through walls around here, the last thing I want is to wonder about ceilings as well.
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I would say something about reality TV and politics but Hunter S Thompson pointed it all out 40+ years ago.
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Considering yall already mentioned the technology stuff. Bruce Jenner becoming a woman, and the man bun.
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Originally Posted by chewybrian View Post
What goes on these days that you never would have predicted in the (insert decade) when you were a kid?


When I was a kid in the 70's, I never thought people would wear pajamas to the store.



Seriously, Mr. or Ms. Socksandsandals, who gave you permission to show up at the mall looking like you just ran out into the street to escape a house fire?

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I was at one of our local high schools about two weeks ago and was surprised at the number of young ladies wearing pajama bottoms on campus. When I asked about it the teacher I was with said as long as its not shorty-shorts or anything too revealing the school doesn't prohibit it.

Never saw cell phones coming either. I still consider them a nuisance that only detracts folks from being aware of their surroundings. And its amazing how many cellphone users have no idea phones still have voicemail; they have to answer EVERY SINGLE CALL, no matter where they are!
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First I can't believe that so many did not see cell phones coming. Didn't anyone read Dick Tracy as a kid?

I didn't foresee people in the free world wanting to stretch out their ear lobs with a large hole in the center.

I didn't figure people would want to wear their pants down around their knees/

I never realized that people would want to make every single boring minute of their lives public.

I did not see the internet coming.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
We have those, they're called airplanes. The Jetsons-esque flying car will never materialize, because people, by and large, are morons. They cannot safely operate motor vehicles that only operate on two axes. Throw in a third, and the skies will fill with fire, while the ground below fills with wreckage.
A non issue. Technology will fly the car not the "driver". There would be too many in the air for a trained pilot to manage anyway. The only thing that will stop the flying car is cost.
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Old 11-24-16, 05:53 PM
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I never imagined putting a camera in cellphones would turn people into narcissistic fools. It's bad enough that everyone posting to FB thinks that every photo must have their mug in the middle of it. I can still remember when people would return from vacation, then share photos of what they saw, and their faces were not obstructing every shot.

Yesterday at a highway rest stop, I saw an idiot park her car across the entrance ramp to the highway (like a police roadblock), then spend 10 minutes alternately taking photos of her car and yammering on the phone. Meanwhile a car was trying to leave, but since the fool had her back to it, she didn't see this. If I had been in my car, (instead of the bike), she would have immediately known.
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