What Will They Think of Next? (1976–1979)
"Science International" (original title)

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A look at the wonders of science and technology that will shape our lives in the distant future of the 1980's. Each week the hosts would look at a new revolutionary discovery that was ... See full summary »

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A look at the wonders of science and technology that will shape our lives in the distant future of the 1980's. Each week the hosts would look at a new revolutionary discovery that was guaranteed to let people live lives of ease, free from the ravages of disease or old age. Additionally, they would also look at some of the brilliant science that goes into some of the everyday items we take for granted. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The closing bars for the theme song are the same as those of "All the Fish are Swimming in the Water:" fol-de-rol-de-ray. See more »

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I liked it when I was younger.
9 September 2013 | by (The San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

What to add to the previous review? I too feel put out and let down by the fact that I don't have a self aware car, clothes that self clean and change with my age, or that amazing egg shape car from Germany that was supposed to put an end to accidents.

I used to watch this thing on Nickelodeon when Nick was only on in the afternoon, and shared a channel with C-Span that showed boring government stuff. It was usually raining, or overcast, and Campanella's familiar burned into corporate R&D industrial films and videos meant to show the latest thing labs across the western free world (or more specifically the US, Canada, Japan and Germany) were brewing.

There were a lot of promises made, and a lot of them are yet to be kept as Corporate America at the time liked to space out developments for the market to milk the most dollars from the public through new innovations. Thank goodness the net has allowed a freer exchange of information allowing newer ventures to challenge the old guard which was heavily tainted by sociopathic thinking.

"What Will They Think of Next?" showed the world of tomorrow that never manifested. And looking at the proposed future achievements of the mid 70s, some seem quaint, others seem like carrots dangled to keep us working for a better tomorrow that never came.

Still, the show's kind of interesting, if for no other reason than to give a slice of what we in the 70s thought of as "the future". The future is always presented as this nice new gleaming clean environment where things are automated, and all you need to do is press the button. Well, you still need to cook, vacuum the carpets, clean the car, and do yard work. I'd like to think there'd be a robot or two to help me out with that, but so far I'm still doing it the old fashioned way.

If you see it somewhere, give it a glance.


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