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.

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Time Machine

H.G. Wells's dark 1895 novel about a Victorian-era scientist's journey into a dystopian future first made the transition to film in 1960 (though a British version videotaped for television appeared in 1949), with Rod Taylor playing a time-traveling academic named "H. George Wells." Director George Pal's vision of the clock-confounding machine seems remarkably low-tech: It looks like a stripped-down Santa's sleigh with a satellite dish mounted on the back--and not even a windshield to protect the traveler from collisions with time-warping bugs.

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