Contributed by There used to be a fantasy in science fiction that the year 2000 would take us rocketing into the "future." This was a brave new future in which people could close their eyes and suddenly end up on another planet, where the weather could be altered with the flip of a switch, where cars flew off into the horizon and you could make your elevator burst through the ceiling and into the open sky if you felt like it. Except none of those technologies exist … and it’s 2017. So why does hypermodern tech like personal force fields and airborne autos still fly through the pages of sci-fi novels and across movie screens? Where there aren’t scientific impossibilities, there are scientific (and other) obstacles. Some technology is viewed as possible but so complex that we are still in the prototype stages. Some has been theorized but not even researched yet. Not all possible outcomes are as positive as vivid imaginations make them out to be, either. Maybe you could be surrounded by your own electromagnetic force field if you wore some not-yet-invented suit that would make you a charged object … but could also make you either […]