Last year, the Tesla Model S P90D shot up the 12.4-mile, 156-turn Pikes Peak International Hill Climb course in well under 12 minutes and set the record for the fastest "production" electric vehicle on the course. But this year, the long-doubted Faraday Future destroyed its time by more than 23 seconds.
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What ambitious but troubled startup Faraday Future showed off in Las Vegas will be, if it reaches production, one of the most advanced personal vehicles the world has ever seen. But that's a huge if, just as it's highly questionable whether its wonderful features like LIDAR and self-parking and supercar-slaying speed will ever become a production reality either.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.