IT Management Slideshow: Eight Technology Letdowns

By Tony Kontzer  |  Posted 11-10-2009

Eight Technology Letdowns

1. Virtual Reality

26 years (!) after the movie "Brainstorm" piqued our curiosity, most people don't get any more "virtual" than Second Life or the latest episode of "Survivor."

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2. Home Automation

Lights, thermostats, and the coffee-maker, maybe, but not so much on the rest of the smart house scenario. The Jetsons this ain't.

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3. The Paperless Office

Yeah, right. So much for saving those rain forests.

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4. Time Management

Computers bring efficiency, but that piles more tasks onto workers, while ubiquitous communications devices make certain we're never far from work.

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5. Locomotion

Moving sidewalks, flying cars, suction tubes zapping us from one place to another -stuck in neutral. Heck, we have wait lists just to a get a Prius.

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6. Register-Free Checkout

RFID chips embedded in product packaging and ATM cards were supposed to do away with checkout lines. Not yet.

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7. Telesurgery

Surgeons operating anywhere, via robotics, high-speed data connections, and electronic medical records!

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8. Foodtopia

Meals-in-a-pill? Instead, we've got genetically altered foods, e.coli cross-contamination of crops, and rampant obesity.

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