Worst sci-fi predictions
Worst sci-fi predictions
3:01

Worst sci-fi predictions

Culture
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.

Up Next

iPhone 14 is Missing These 5 Features
top5iphone14missing-00-00-00-00-still001

Up Next

iPhone 14 is Missing These 5 Features

Top 5 new Samsung Galaxy S22 rumors
latest-s22-rumor-roundup-video-1

Top 5 new Samsung Galaxy S22 rumors

Top 5 iPhone 14 Rumors
iphone14-rumors2021-200000

Top 5 iPhone 14 Rumors

Top 5 most exciting Galaxy S22 Ultra rumors
galaxy-s22-rumor-roundup-2

Top 5 most exciting Galaxy S22 Ultra rumors

Windows 11: Will Microsoft learn from past mistakes?
windowslaunchfails-00-00-21-04-still002

Windows 11: Will Microsoft learn from past mistakes?

Top 5 most exciting iPhone 13 rumors
iphone13-rumorsaug2021-00000

Top 5 most exciting iPhone 13 rumors

5 cheaper alternatives to the AirPods Pro
yt-top5-cheap-alternatives-for-airpods-pro-1

5 cheaper alternatives to the AirPods Pro

2021 iPad Pro: The best new features
yt-ipad-pro-features-top5-2

2021 iPad Pro: The best new features

5 ways to get more out of Netflix
top5-netflixtips-00-00-06-16-still004

5 ways to get more out of Netflix

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Meet the Recyclable, 3D-Printed Home
biohome-2

Meet the Recyclable, 3D-Printed Home

The Most Exciting Phones I Want to See in 2023
screenshot-2023-01-27-at-15-42-00.png

The Most Exciting Phones I Want to See in 2023

What We Expect From Samsung Unpacked 2023
galaxy1

What We Expect From Samsung Unpacked 2023

How Apple Gets Us to Care About VR
cnetstillvr

How Apple Gets Us to Care About VR

DOJ Stops Hive Ransomware Network
hive-cms-image

DOJ Stops Hive Ransomware Network

Audi Activesphere: EV Coupe That's Also a Pickup
a230504-large

Audi Activesphere: EV Coupe That's Also a Pickup

Most Popular All most popular

Easy Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills and Save Money
yt-reduce-your-utility-bills-v3

Easy Ways to Lower Your Utility Bills and Save Money

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

How to Decide Whether to Rent or Buy a Home
yt-money-rent-buy-v1-1

How to Decide Whether to Rent or Buy a Home

How See-Through Solar Panels Could Bring Renewable Energy to Your Windows
trans-solar-panels-seq-00-06-11-19-still001

How See-Through Solar Panels Could Bring Renewable Energy to Your Windows

DOJ Stops Hive Ransomware Network
hive-cms-image

DOJ Stops Hive Ransomware Network

How Apple Gets Us to Care About VR
cnetstillvr

How Apple Gets Us to Care About VR

Latest Products All latest products

Testing Apple's New M2 MacBook Pro and Mac Mini
macbook-pro-and-mac-mini

Testing Apple's New M2 MacBook Pro and Mac Mini

Hands On: Google Android Auto in Volvo's New EX90
google-booth-seq-00-08-05-25-still002

Hands On: Google Android Auto in Volvo's New EX90

Hands On: Acer's 3D Stereoscopic Screen
c0270-mp4-02-36-54-21-still001

Hands On: Acer's 3D Stereoscopic Screen

'Hey Disney' Comes to Amazon Echo Devices
ces-disneyalexa-00-01-11-14-still001

'Hey Disney' Comes to Amazon Echo Devices

Hearing Dolby Atmos in a Car Blew Me Away
ces-dolby-00-00-55-13-still001

Hearing Dolby Atmos in a Car Blew Me Away

LG Display Shows Sweet Racing Setup with 45-Inch Curved Screen
lgdisplays-3

LG Display Shows Sweet Racing Setup with 45-Inch Curved Screen

Latest How To All how to videos

Connect a Meta Quest 2 VR Headset to a PC
pc-vr-5

Connect a Meta Quest 2 VR Headset to a PC

Cast Your Meta Quest Headset to a TV, Phone or Browser
cast-2

Cast Your Meta Quest Headset to a TV, Phone or Browser

MacOS Ventura Continuity Camera Turns Your iPhone Into a Webcam
1203246975312353-pnmdl8bwygpxcjffhlcf-height640.png

MacOS Ventura Continuity Camera Turns Your iPhone Into a Webcam

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys
3keyboards

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account