It was supposed to be the year the Alexei Leonov was sent to rescue the Discovery mission, completely destroyed by the very deranged super computer HAL.
But no. We didn't send any spaceship towards Jupiter in 2001. Probably because we didn't find any monolith on the Moon.
But at least we can use Europa's water if we want to.
Cars are not flying, no inhabited spaceship will be send in the next few years. And we will have to deal with Mars before thinking going to Jupiter anyway, unless a big Monolith appears there.
The Chinese sent a taikonaut on a short trip around earth.
The Indians (the dot, not the feather) are planning something like this for 2030. Who cares? The world is suppose to come to an end by 2012 (if we tell you so).
At least we've avoid the Blade Runner scenario. Not to mention Cosmos 1999.
And we've overpass many of Asimov's expectation in matter of computer sciences. Haven't reach the stage of useful robot though. But I have good hope for the next decade.
2010, that's 10 years after The Bug. We've survived that.
The last 15 years have seen Internet going supernova. This network that William Gibson gets so well in Neuromancer, the first Cyberpunk book ever.
This network and its extension (the infosphere, still waiting for it!) that have been though through by Dan Simmon in Hyperion.
2010, Shanghai will be the showcase of the world for few month. The world expo. The biggest ever. "Better City, Better Life".
Well, if you ask me I can think of few things to make that city slightly better.
No, really. And that without actually removing the Chinese people.
But that could be the subject of another post.
Let's stick to 2010 for now.
2010, that's the year Zenzoo, the company, was founded.
It looks like a promising year after all.