No Flying Cars Yet

From Isaac Asimov’s “Visit to the World’s Fair of 2014, written on August 16, 1964:

Robots will neither be common nor very good in 2014, but they will be in existence. The I.B.M. exhibit at the [1964 World’s] fair has no robots but it is dedicated to computers, which are shown in all their amazing complexity, notably in the task of translating Russian into English. If machines are that smart today, what may not be in the works 50 years hence? It will be such computers, much miniaturized, that will serve as the ‘brains’ of robots. In fact, the I.B.M. building at the 2014 World’s Fair may have, as one of its prime exhibits, a robot housemaid – large, clumsy, slow-moving, but capable of general picking-up, arranging, cleaning, and manipulation of various appliances. It will undoubtedly amuse the fairgoers to scatter debris over the floor in order to see the robot lumberingly remove it and classify it into ‘throw away’ and ‘set aside.’ ”