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# 39207 11-Aug-2009 08:37
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When I was a child, I watched the Beyond 2000 TV show, and just have a few questions, as even though I watched it and liked it, I was at an age where I now don't remember it - except for one thing that traumatised me for life (more later...).

The things covered in the show, generally speaking what sort of level were they - ie stuff like "beyond 2000 computers will be small enough to sit on your lap, and take with you" (therefore something that could be seen to be possibly in very near future based on development in the area over previous decades), or was it more like "beyond 2000 we will have robots like the terminator walking around cooking your breakfast" (nice idea, but not something that was ever likely to become reality within the timeframe based on technology at the time)?

How much of the things they talked about on the show have now been developed, now that its 20+ years on?

Feel free to give me examples of topics they covered.

Now to see if any Geeks here watched the show enough to see the thing that traumatised me -as an adult looking back, what I thought I heard at the time must be wrong, because I can't concieve it being true, however for a long time I have decided what they must have been talking about...

They showed a heater in a room. I thought they said "this new heater can warm an entire room in seconds, but if left on for more than 7 seconds, it will catch fire", then the heater caught fire.

What I think I probably saw looking back, was perhaps the mid 1980s was when normal domestic fan heaters were becoming readily available (?), and perhaps they were saying if the fan in the heater ever failed, it would only take about 7 seconds for the heater to burst into flames. A much more reasonable explanation. It traumatised me for life, and then in 1999 when I was sitting 1 metre from my fan heater before work, it did a "beyond 2000" and showered sparks out the front, the fan stopped and it burst into flames... I nearly called in sick that day.

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  # 245101 11-Aug-2009 09:51
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Oh man that was the highlight of my TV week aside from Dr Who.

Shame I don't remember much about it other than it was full of the latest technological advances. Can't remember any individual details, I wish I still had some on VHS!

I remember the theme tune in my head still, for some reason.

My very metal Doctor Who theme

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  # 245106 11-Aug-2009 10:00
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I dont remember the episode about the heater.. I was about 10 at the time when this was on, but it was on my must see tv list :). There was some really interesting things on that show that used to get me excited for the future when i would be a "grown up", ahh the naivety of it all..

Well heres a clip of what they were expecting in reguards to computers.. Youtube
And the intro as seen on tv2 Youtube


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  # 245111 11-Aug-2009 10:23
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i can remember watching an episode on solar cars and the road race they have in aussie.
It was well cool and made me want to be a scientist.

good times

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  # 245172 11-Aug-2009 12:46
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I used to watch that show as a kid and I loved it, it probably helped form the geek I am today! Interestingly the people behind it are the ones who make Mythbusters, they were originally trying to make it in Australia but ended up having to go to the US to find someone willing to take a chance on it.

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  # 245211 11-Aug-2009 14:51
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There was a show on Stratos for a while that had the same presenters. Beyond Tomorrow I thought it was called. I happened to catch a show where they did a recap of some of the old Beyond 2000 stories.

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  # 245729 12-Aug-2009 17:57
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davidcole: There was a show on Stratos for a while that had the same presenters. Beyond Tomorrow I thought it was called. I happened to catch a show where they did a recap of some of the old Beyond 2000 stories.

Pretty sure it's Beyond Tomorrow now.

Dang if there's mental recollection of the stories ... but it did used to be the highlight of my viewing week.

Having said that though, MacGyver wasa mustn't miss as well </confession>

Good times.

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  # 245861 12-Aug-2009 22:42
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Two that I can remember have come true:

Magnetic levitation trains (their mockup was rad).

Solid state data storage... I remeber being pretty awestruck that a 'chip' could hold 5 seconds of audio. Hot damn.


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  # 247816 17-Aug-2009 18:22
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I remember an item about an umbrella that could resist being blown inside out.
Not sure why that stands out, probably because I live in Wellington.

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