Book (inspiration for this topic): Popular Mechanics The Wonderful Future that Never Was: Flying Cars, Mail Delivery by Parachute, and Other Predictions from the Past – by: Gary Benford.

This is a wonderful compendium of articles from the early days of Popular Mechanics magazine, describing boldly the future we should have been living today. As often with predictions, many come to pass but not quite in ways imagined.

Here’s a link to the book: Popular Mechanics – The Wonderful Future that Never Was