OPINION

Transportation of the Future of the Past

Thanks to my friend Noah Shachtman at Defense Tech, now I know about Transportation Futuristics, an ongoing exhibit up the street from me at the University of California at Berkeley. It's chock-full of pictures like this one:



All kinds of wacky transport concepts that never, you should pardon the expression, got anywhere. That never moved anyone. That never got off the ground. That were just people spinning their wheels. That were merely flights of fancy.

I'm going this weekend. I'll probably ride my bike.




UPDATE: I went over the weekend. Oddly, this was one of the few exhibits I've ever been to that was better on the Web. IRL it was a few display cases in the lobby of UC Berkeley's main library building. The artifacts are better seen on your screens...with the exception of a replica of a page from "Electrical Engineering" or somesuch publication, listing the editor as "H. Gernsback." I assume that's Hugo Gernsback, who in the 1930s -- well after the pub date of the broadsheet in the exhibit -- produced America's first science fiction magazine.

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