We’re now a decade into the 21st Century, and I still don’t have a flying car. Also, we haven’t found the alien monolith on the Moon—which was supposed to happen back in 2001. Electronic reading devices are starting to catch on, and most people own their own computers, but we still have a lot of catching up to do.
Blade Runner is set in 2019, and some of the events of Back to the Future, Part II take place in 2015 (I’m telling you, we’ve got to het working on those flying cars or Doc Brown is going to be very upset). Also, Skynet and the Terminators will turn on us by the end of the decade, leading to a long, bloody conflict with the machines.
The good news is that once the Terminator Wars are over, Zefram Cochrane will invent warp drive and make first contact with the Vulcans. Furthermore, the Jetsons is set somewhere near the end of the 21st Century—so we’re sure to have flying cars by then.
Someone told me our medical technology is going to become so advanced that I should live to be 150 to 200 years old (I’m almost 30 right now). So I have the 22nd Century to look forward to as well!
We still have about 90% of the 21st Century ahead of us. What are you looking forward to?