Jetpacks, androids, and the future that never came

Dude, where's my flying car?! We look at 11 venerated visions of future technology that totally missed the mark.

Monsanto House of the Future



Collaboratively designed by Monsanto, MIT, and Walt Disney Imagineering, and a Disneyland staple for a decade (1957 to 1967), the House of the Future attempted to show what a home would look like in 1986--and it got some of its prognostications right, such as predicting the advent of the microwave oven. But if the contoured, space-age seating is so comfortable, why is the lady standing up to read a book? And what's that thing in front of her--a levitating ironing board?

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