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The Hyperloop, brought to you by “Space: 1999?”

My column today was all about the Hyperloop, the 700 mph transport system proposed by billionaire investor Elon Musk. I love the idea of the Hyperloop because it reeks of science-fiction, something we don’t get enough of these days (especially when it comes to stuff like transportation).

In the column I reference the “Jetsons” for its depictions of the future, including a system of pneumatic tubes they use to get around.

This morning, a caller turned me on to “Space: 1999,” a British TV show that ran for two seasons in the mid-1970s. The show revolves around a group of pioneers stranded on the moon (which has been knocked out of earth’s orbit and is hurdling through space). To travel from their base to other parts of the moon they travel in tubes that are eerily reminiscent of the Hyperloop. Check out these fan-made specs, and a quick 6-second video on the jump. Is this science-fiction coming to pass. Can we hope?

Responses to "The Hyperloop, brought to you by “Space: 1999?”"

JJJJ says:

Extremely disappointed in your article.

The proposal, as presented, is about as realistic as me saying you should put the Hyperloop on hold because I can build you a teleporter in 2 years for less than $1bn. Its true! I have drawings!

And, by the way, you better start looking for a new job. My “hyperwrite”, an article generation machine, will make boring, centuries old, reporters redundant. We need to look to the future. And that future is a newspaper industry based around my “hyperwrite”.

By the way, I could build it tomorrow, but Im going to the beach, so I guess it will have to wait.

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