Compressed air cars.
Cognitive Enhancement — all time smartest human within the next 20 years?
Wireless transmission of power.
Faster than light travel.
Longshot futures are important because they open our eyes to possibilities, including possibilities for much more likely future developments.
Also, it’s important to remember that longshots DO pay off every once in a while. So these kinds of scenarios can help us to prepare for the surprises that the future almost certainly does have in store for us.
[This show first aired August 25, 2008.]