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As a fan of science-fiction (duh!), I had certain expectations for living in the future. And by the future, I mean 2010. Some of those have expectations have been realized. Gia does her job every day with her own Star Trek tricorder. Cell phones, the Internet and programmable television are all neat. But where are our flying cars?
Sorry, I digress. Anyway, one of my own expectations was that our urban landscape would look a bit like the above picture by the year Twenty-Ten. Great, innovative cities built upon the sea or other foreign landscapes like a remote mountain, Antarctica or the surface of the Moon. Renewable energy powering it all.
Well, this dream could become a reality off the southern shores of Norway, according to some reports. You see, the unique geography and weather patterns of this part of the world makes it an ideal candidate for wind power. And some designers have taken it upon themselves to suggest an entire turbine city, run by the power of this wind farm.
At first the turbine city would be more of a tourist attraction. Something to show off the potential power of this particular technology. So it would be mostly hotels, shops, restaurants and the like. But I can see it blossoming into something more. Entire functioning cities on the technological edge, ushering in a new era in human living.
I like it. I like it a lot.
Too bad our own country is so reluctant to embrace the technology. And it's not just the government. A proposed wind farm off the south coast of Long Island has been stalled mostly because some residents would consider the large structures to be eyesores.
I think they look beautiful.
I think they look like the future.
PS - Now go wish him a happy birthday. I command it.
Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. Seriously...where the fuck is my flying car?