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“A Vital Role in the Progress of Civilization”

Posted June 27, 2012 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Michael Lamm recently came across this Disney animated short, "Magic Highway USA," which presents visions for the future of highway transportation, circa 1958. Sure, some of the concepts seem rather naïve and idealistic, even self-contradicting, others just downright goofy, but plenty of the ideas in the short have already become commonplace, and plenty more are currently in development. Nuclear-powered cars to civilization's rescue!

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06/28/2012 1:59 AM

That was quite fanciful.

Highways to the rescue.....of course this was a time when passenger jets didn't exist, and communication was a movement of matter.

Thank Dog that technological advancements have reduced our dependance on movement and made the convenience depicted unnecessary.

The gender roles depicted were very politically incorrect. Mother went window shopping on a conveyor footpath while poor old Dad had to walk from the car on his office balcony all the way to his desk.....no wonder you guys are getting bigger.

Makes the Jetsons look stoneage by comparison.

I'm sure that this actually did inspire some folk to get into engineering....they must have been a little disappointed.

Reality is, real. Get's in the way every time.

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