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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Forbidden Planet's Robby the Robot

Considered one of the best science-fiction films of the 1950s, Forbidden Planet essentially transposes Shakespeare's The Tempest into a futuristic era of space travel with Anne Francis (shown) as the Miranda figure and Robby as a (relatively lead-footed) Ariel substitute. Robby looks after his human charges (think Sarah in the TV series Eureka) with such benign diligence that he ranks as perhaps the most appealing movie robot of the pre-Star Wars era.

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