credit: tales of future past
Salon runs an excellent feature reviewing a book titled "Where's My Jetpack" -- an illustrated catalog of undelivered techno-prophecies -- and musing about the bleakness of the future as we imagine it today. The author, Simon Reynolds, writes: "From the trusty traffic meters and sturdy blue mailboxes to the iconic yellow taxis and occasional cop on horseback, 21st century New York looks distressingly nonfuturistic. For a former science science fiction fanatic like me, this is brutally disappointing."
A couple of good sites on the subject: Paleo Future, Technovelgy, and Tales of Future Past. And something from George Carlin: "The future will soon be a thing of the past."