“We can send a dude to the moon”; Honda films on Mobility in 2088

I haven’t yet watched all of the bokeh-ridden clips on Honda’s new online short film series “The Power of Dreams“, but from even the first introductory clip I like where they’re going. Their question: What will transportation look like in 2088? (Thanks, Honad!)

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19 Responses to “We can send a dude to the moon”; Honda films on Mobility in 2088

  1. nehpetsE says:

    If you want to know about the future, watch the movie “Idaho Transfer”

  2. Anonymous says:

    A bunch of slick claptrap. Very nicely packaged to look like a thoughtful examination, but without an meaningful dialog. Hey here’s an idea, and then there’s another, hey what about this? What would happen if the people who brought us the internal combustion engine (and who have fought against fuel efficiency, denied climate change, and corporate responsiblity — including the dealers and suppliers) became irrelevant and small like bicycle manufacturers and carriage makers and a new way of living started where there was less need for transporation?

  3. GregLondon says:

    I want to drive to work on a velociraptor.

  4. overunger says:

    “I’m still continuously surprised by technology in the last 25 years ….-things I never thought would be possible.. Bla- bla…” ??????!!!!!
    REALLY!!??
    THIS guy is supposed to be some big whig engineer or some such -making god knows how many hundreds of thousands a year?!!!
    I’ve only had one year of college almost twenty years ago and I’ve been continuously and still utterly and completely disappointed with tech and the meager hopes of something better in the near future ( although flexible OLED displays being made into clothing is starting to wet my appetite :D)!
    Is this guy completely asleep? Maybe he just has REALLY low expectations.
    IT’s almost 2010 , and we still have combustible engines – an 1800′s technology, I might add-. For that matter , we still have CARS! Shouldn’t they be obsolete by now?
    I can’t be the only one who is aware that advanced tech and SUPER-advanced tech is out there and not being utilized- at ALL!
    I agree with William Gibson :”The future has already arrived, it’s just not evenly distributed yet.”
    I don’t mean to rant, but I just can’t believe the guy in the video, in his position, is “amazed” at our technology – what an unconscious douche!

  5. jpharves says:

    By 2088 physical transport will be redundant.

    Honda will probably be making the cord that connects your cortex to your computer.

  6. speonjosh says:

    This is the best Boing Boing readers can do?

    #3 – “a new way of life started where there was less of a need for transportation”??? Yeah, I think that was called the Dark Ages.

    less of a need for transportation?
    Less of a need for transportation? What are we – worms? Algae?

    WTF?

    #5 – Right on. Absolutely.

    Overunger calls the guy a douche for being amazed at technology? Newsflash, Over, the world actually did exist before you were born. Forgive me if you actually have made important contributions to the human race’s understanding of the universe. Otherwise, spare us the condescending bs.

    Less of a need for transportation? What does that even mean? Look, bud – you want to be an electron – knock yourself out – personally, I still am much happier on days where my face is tanned by the sun or kissed by the wind than not. And I expect that the vast majority of the human race feels the same.

    Transportation in 80 years. As the woman says, it’s a topic that inspires optimism. But it’s also almost foolish to try to make predictions. Honda tries to capture mostly the former in this video. Those who criticize it for doing a weak job on the latter are really missing the point.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Rickshaws.

    In eighty years the wealthy elite will no longer be able to burn oil. But they’ll hire some of the billions of poor people to drag them around.

  8. ridl says:

    Bicycles will apparently no longer exist in 2088. Nor do they now.

    Honda. Sigh. ROBOTS!

  9. Alpinwolf says:

    Hoverboards.

  10. GregLondon says:

    In the last 80 years, we’ve had great advances in science, in materials, in electronics, in physics, in chemistry, in medicine, and in many many other categories fo science.

    Except power.

    There really isn’t any development I can think of that you can apply to a car to make it fundamentally different than it is now…

    other than power.

    As for autopilots for automobiles, I’m not convinced we’ll figure it out in 80 years.

  11. obi1kenobi1 says:

    If that’s the future, I don’t think I want to live in it. Trying to design cars around cities is what got us all of these tiny, low quality pieces of garbage that pass for cars nowadays. If car companies today put even a small amount of effort into designing cars, the industry wouldn’t be in the mess we are in now. When I buy a car, I want to pay for a car, not just a plastic covered metal cage stuffed with too many airbags, bug ridden redundant computers, and a lawnmower engine.

    Also, I’m surprised those people actually think flying cars and jetpacks will be common by 2088. in 1928 everyone was sure that by now personal airplanes would be more common than cars, and both self guided cars and jetpacks have been in the working prototype stage since the 1950s. If they aren’t common by now they will almost certainly never be. Granted, the self guided cars of the 1950s were based more on the technology of slot car racers than sentient robotic chauffeurs, but in many ways that would be safer, as you can see from how often today’s robotic cars malfunction.

  12. Contrasoma says:

    “The cola wars are over. The winner? Eastern Airlines Cola.”

  13. Clay says:

    The video is rather nebulous and meandering, but it does make fairly clear the main problem we face for the future of transportation: We built most of our modern infrastructure around cars.

    Cars were a cool idea. Get around anywhere without a horse, in a fraction of the time — why not?

    The major draw of on-demand operation and unprecedentedly fast travel were enough to outweigh the safety concerns of traveling at forty, fifty, sixty miles an hour with a minimally-trained person in control, the environmental costs of burning petroleum wherever we go, and the financial burden of taking out major loans to pay off the expensive purchase.

    Now we’ve built our world so that in most areas, this is the only option. By concentrating investment on one technology, we’ve innovated ourselves into a corner, with high-tech band-aids such as airbags and hybrids to slightly lessen the problems we can’t solve.

    The way out of this mess is not with band-aids. It’s with new, broader investment in other technologies and transportation paradigms. Light rail, PRT networks — there’s a world of possibilities that don’t involve high-tech Model Ts.

    Goodness, I just wrote an essay. Anyway — investment is the key. Investment in R&D and new infrastructure. Once we’ve made sure we’re done investing in poorly run financial institutions, of course.

  14. Anonymous says:

    ZOMG Goosebumps!

  15. J450N says:

    In 2088:

    Cheap, atomically precise bulk structural-diamond fabrication and recycling.
    Metallic Hydrogen energy storage
    Very-high-temperature superconductors
    Fusion power
    Biology is a mature development platform
    Practical artificial-atom substrates
    Higgs-Boson understood, possible mass-modification technology.

    …and a gazillion things we can not imagine.

  16. mdh says:

    Daily transportation in 2088 will run on oats and sugarcubes.

  17. monitorhead says:

    aww man…

    i invested in flip-flop sandals and BigWheels.

    bummer..

  18. zuzu says:

    The gist of these speculators sounds like we’ll all be living in our cars. With the current economic cataclysm unwinding, that doesn’t sound too far off.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Re CLAY- The Segway guy tried. He really did.

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