CNET Top 5: Worst sci-fi predictions
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CNET Top 5: Worst sci-fi predictions

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The visions of our future in books and movies has been woefully lacking in prescience.

Welcome to CNET Top 5, where each time we meet, we count down another hot CNET list. I'm Tom Merritt. According to science fiction. The future is a wondrous place. A land drenched with technology, where everyone dons their unitards to board a Pan-Am flight to the Moon, to mingle with lizard or insect-like aliens and all restaurants are Taco Bell. Science Fiction is not so good with the predictions. So...let's count down the top 5 worst scifi predictions. At No. 5, atom-powered everything. As soon as humanity invented all that destructive power, we figured we'd harness it in no time to have atom-powered cars, atomic trains, or even atomic washing machines. Well we do have atomic power. It's just not so portable. Coming in at No. 4, Killer slash household robots. SciFi can't decide if everyone will have a friendly robot pal in their home, or if the pals will turn on us and try to kill us all. But we're all supposed to have robots by now. Either serving us or chasing us. Up to No. 3, a Moon Base. When Apollo 11 put man on the Moon in 1969, we figured it wouldn't be long before there was a Moon hotel, and Moon Casinos and whole moon cities under little glass bubbles. Or at the very least we should have gotten Moon mines! Nothing. We haven't even been back to the Moon since 1972! Sliding in at No. 2, jet packs. Where are our jet packs science fiction? Oh sure we see them at the Super Bowl or Olympics opening ceremonies, but I want the personal jet pack that lets me cut down my commute. You promised! Before we get to No. 1, time for another lame prize question. One scifi prediction that hasn't come true is the zombie invasion. But the University of Ottwa recently did a study of what would happen in a zombie invasion. How long did they say it would take for zombies to conquer an average city? Go to blog.cnettv.com and answer the question for a chance to win, your very own Pack of Zombies, courtesy of October Toys. All right. Let's get to our No. 1. The worst prediction of Science Fiction. The future we were promised that was alla lie At No. 1, it's... Flying Cars. Ok Moeller fans, I know they exist, but where are they. I can't ride to work in one. I can't dump my son down a pneumatic tube from one. I can't even find a dealer near me. Over and over again science fiction has bet on the flying car and over and over again science fiction loses. Someday? Maybe. My guess is all restaurants will become TAco Bell before that happens. Well That's it for this edition of CNET Top 5. Don't forget to answer our lame prize question for the chance to win the decidedly not lame pack o' zombies. I'm Tom Merritt. See you next time.

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