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What do you hope gets invented for your kids?

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ChickenVindaloo Thu 29-Sep-16 16:00:58

Inspired by the thread re what we have that would amaze our grandparents...

Do you ever think "one day we will look back and laugh that we did this"?

For me, I am sure that one day we will tell our children that ladies had to shave/pluck/wax etc regularly. That there wasn't a nifty machine that just got it all off forever once and for all (if that's what you want).

And ironing will look prehistoric.

And that in the olden days, people had to leave their homes and go into an office to all work together instead of just WFH using internet/teleportation where necessary.

<dreams of a hair-free and commute-free life>

JellyBelli Thu 29-Sep-16 16:04:46

A bullshit detector grin

LurkingHusband Thu 29-Sep-16 16:06:14

What do you hope gets invented for your kids?

How about all the shit we were promised as kids ...

Free electricity, hover cars, holidays on the moon and a life of leisure ?

ChickenVindaloo Thu 29-Sep-16 16:16:53

Yes, I was quite surprised when it became the year 2000 and we didn't all have to dress in tinfoil!

neonrainbow Thu 29-Sep-16 16:17:53

Not really in the spirit of the thread i know but a cure for cystic fibrosis.

humblesims Thu 29-Sep-16 16:20:19

a viable alternative to the motor car. Like teleportation or something,

ChickenVindaloo Thu 29-Sep-16 16:21:36

Unmumsnetty hugs for Neon. flowers

hillyhilly Thu 29-Sep-16 16:30:46

A tablet that gives your skin SPF50 instead of slathering on cream and missing bits

LurkingHusband Thu 29-Sep-16 16:33:30

a viable alternative to the motor car.

Current thinking is towards the death of private motoring (+20-30 years).

AnythingMcAnythingface Thu 29-Sep-16 16:37:39

hillyhilly that sounds amazing!

CozyAutumn Thu 29-Sep-16 16:37:57

Something that makes the walk to and from school a doddle. A portal? The Flash powers? Hover boards?... Wings?

JellyBelli Thu 29-Sep-16 16:42:15

A way to change your hair colour.

AndNowItsSeven Thu 29-Sep-16 16:43:32

To what lurking?

mmgirish Thu 29-Sep-16 16:45:24

A mute button...

eatsleephockeyrepeat Thu 29-Sep-16 16:45:55

Bionic organs!!

"What, you couldn't just replace a failing kidney with one from ebay when you were younger, whatever did you do? ...wait, you did what?!?"

(PS I have experience of loved ones and transplants so please accept my humour as well-intentioned, and obviously bionic organs would be ACE.)

WhiteDraig Thu 29-Sep-16 16:47:18

Safe completely driver less cars - ones that stop at pelican crossing read lights, obey the speed limit even in wet weather and bother to indicate to others when they turn and don't do dangerous U turns even at "quiet time" in inappropriate places resulting in biker and pedestrian deaths. Where "drivers" can text or be on the phone and it really doesn't matter.

Then if like us they end up with a really busy road, duel carriage way, they have to get past for school run they don't feel like they are taking their lives in their hands just to get there - and if they drive or bike - cycle or motorbike - they don't have to worry so much about people being twats and end up seriously hurting or killing them.

humblesims Thu 29-Sep-16 16:47:23

Current thinking is towards the death of private motoring (+20-30 years).
Sometimes I wonder that I managed to be born into the tiny window of time between no cars and a better solution.

butterfliesandzebras Thu 29-Sep-16 16:52:07

Equality between the sexes.

I think it will actually take much longer, but I live in hope.

a viable alternative to the motor car.

I honestly think that future generations will look back on how dangerous cars/roads were in our time and be horrified at how blasé we all were about using them.

claraschu Thu 29-Sep-16 16:52:32

Non polluting energy

Perfect birth control- no pills, no hormones, no accidents

Healthy alcohol

LurkingHusband Thu 29-Sep-16 16:53:40

To what lurking?

As soon as driverless cars become extant, the justification for personal ownership of a car (or rather the justification for the cost of the private ownership of a car) falls away.

Most cars are in use about 5% of the time. The other 95% they are doing sweet FA. It's environmental lunacy (see climate change thread elsewhere) to continue to allow this.

The biggest push will be infrastructure. A country of driverless cars all whizzing around picking people up at will (sort of Uber* on steroids) with an average 1-2 minute wait will make much better use of our precious road space. And fuel (I would guess a network of driverless cars could probably deliver double the fuel efficiency of the best human drivers).

It won't happen overnight. But then neither did the disappearance of the horse and cart. But as with the days when very few people owned their own horse and cart, I am suggesting it will be equally unusual for anyone to own their own driverless cars.

Of course my 20-30 years prediction might end up like nuclear fusion, or a cure for <insert disease name here> as being "just around the corner".

*Remember, Uber are big investors in driverless cars.

ISpeakJive Thu 29-Sep-16 16:55:36

Home scanners and x-ray machines.
Do your own scans, email to consultant! Done!

LurkingHusband Thu 29-Sep-16 16:55:55

Sometimes I wonder that I managed to be born into the tiny window of time between no cars and a better solution.

I was born before the motor car, and have no intention of being carried behind one (as a grumpy older character from a Tom Sharpe novel planned his horse-drawn funeral grin )

butterfliesandzebras Thu 29-Sep-16 16:57:13

Also, lab grown meat.

"Wait, in your day you had to put aside a whole field and rear an animal for years, then kill the poor animal, just to get a steak?! How barbaric."

DoggyMadMum Thu 29-Sep-16 17:01:05

Me too Neonrainbow that's exactly what I thought when I looked at the thread title but don't tend to post - couldn't believe it when I saw yours

LurkingHusband Thu 29-Sep-16 17:01:18

Home scanners and x-ray machines.
Do your own scans, email to consultant! Done!

By that time, the scanner/x-ray machine will be the consultant grin

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