Futurescape with James Woods is a programme I recently discovered on the Discovery channel. It extrapolates where science and technology might lead us and our society in the future. It often paints the picture of an amazing and thought provoking new world where we will live for centuries, don powerful exoskeletons and design our children. However, as I watched different episodes I felt that it is overselling the science and technology, and made me think of the criticism that came out of overly optimistic scientific claims of the 60’s
“but where is my flying car?”
I can’t help but wonder whether such programmes are good for promoting science and technology, or whether the oversell may create unreasonable expectations of what science and technology can do?