I love reading and watching old predictions about what the future will bring. Sometimes they are startlingly close to the mark. However, most are like this excerpt from the 1958 Disneyland TV Show episode entitled Magic Highway USA:
Detroit wouldn’t be in the dire straights it is now if half of these predictions had come true. One of the things that struck me as I was watching this was the massive amount of energy, of all forms, it would take to make that future a reality. Self-heating roads to clear off ice and snow? Air conditioned highways through vast deserts? Self-lighting highways negating the need for headlights? Of course they were assuming everything would be atomic powered by that point in time. Even the cars, as you see at the end. Can you imagine the amount of spent radioactive fuel that would be piling up from all of that? We don’t even know what to do with what we create from the relatively few nuclear power plants we have now. Imagine if you had to deal with spent fuel rods from your car.
This was the future your parents dreamed about.
Found via Boing Boing.