Modern Marvels

Season 12 Episode 32

Future Tech

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 22, 2005 on The History Channel
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Future Tech
A paper-thin, wall-sized holographic television...a car that runs on processed army of robotic killing machines...outer-space luxury resorts and a cleaning droid controlled by your mind? Buckle-up for safety as we race into the near future--where fantasy becomes fact. There have always been visionaries, futurists, and dreamers predicting the world of tomorrow--flying cars, space-station colonies, and android personal assistants. But time has proven the fallacy of many of their predictions. So what future technology can we realistically expect? With the help of 3D animation, we present some pretty far-out predictions and take you to various research labs to see working prototypes of these technologies in their infancy. Join us on a rollicking ride through the entertainment room, down the road, over the battlefield, through the mind, out in space, and into the future, where science fiction becomes science fact.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (6)

      • In 1953, the cost of a color TV was equivalent to that of a new car.

      • In 1939, a 12-inch TV set cost $600.

      • In the 1984 science fiction novel "Neuromancer," William Gibson coined the term "jack-in" to describe the process by which people physically connected their brains to a global computer matrix.

      • In 1946, Twentieth Century Fox movie executive Darryl Zanuck predicted TV wouldn't las six months after its introduction. He said, "People will get tired of staring at a plywood box every night."

      • The word "robot" was introduced in 1920 by the Czech playwright Karel Capek from the Czech word for forced labor. In his play, intelligent robots turn on their human owners and take over the world.

      • Forecasting the future isn't easy. In 1943, aviation writer Harry Bruno predicted the decline of the automobile after World War II. "Instead of a car in every garage there will be a helicopter."

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: A paper thin wall sized television, a car that runs on processed sea-water, an army of robotic soldiers, outer space luxury resorts and human cyborgs. No, it's not a movie. Buckle up as we race into the near future to see where fantasy becomes fact. Now, Future Tech, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Jeff Wacker
        Futurist, Electronic Data Systems

        Dave Barthmuss
        GM Communications

        Catherine Dunwoody
        Director, CA Fuel Cell Partnership

        David Ouwerkerk
        Manager, GM Advanced Technology Ctr.

        Arnold Schwarzenegger (archival footage)

        Alan Lloyd
        Secretary, California EPA

        Douglas Mulhall
        Futurist & Author, "The Calcium Bomb"

        Bart Everett
        Technical Dir., Robotics, SPAWAR

        Gordon Johnson
        Analyst, US Joint Forces Command

        David Sarnoff
        President, RCA circa 1950

        Andrew Junker
        President, brian Actuated Technologies

        John Donoghue
        Co-Founder, Cyberkinetics

        George W. Bush (archival footage)

        Michael Sander
        Mgr., JPL Exploration Systems

        Larry Bell
        Professor of Space Architecture, SICSA

        Jan Osburg (m)
        Research Eng., Georgia Inst. of Tech.

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Luke Ellis
        Producer: Luke Ellis
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: Danielle Parsons
        Editor: Robert Lattanzio
        Narrator: max Raphael
        Music: Guy Thomas
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Tim Knauff
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Allison Boon
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Accountant: Lisa Casella
        Accountant: Paulette Pantoja
        Researcher: Mikki Del Monico
        Researcher: Tom Barclay
        Researcher: Uldis Balodis
        Coordinator: Melinda Esquibel
        Coordinator: Brad Skiles
        Voice over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
        Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
        Assistant Editor: Josh Beckham
        Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
        Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
        Camera: John Belloch
        Camera: John C. Davis
        Camera: Lon Magdich
        Camera: Doug Weisman
        Camera: Marty Zimmerman
        Field Audio: Doug Farris
        Field Audio: Ron Hyatt
        Field Audio: Robert Neely
        Field Audio: Jim Petit
        Online Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Ed Thacker
        Animation: Red Gypsy Animation
        Historical Consultant: Catherine Dunwoody
        Historical Consultant: Bart Everett
        Historical Consultant: Andrew Junker
        Historical Consultant: Jan Osburg

        Special Thanks:
        Aaron Burmeister
        Don Foutz

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

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