Wandering through news sites this week I've come across this headline many times, but never bothered to read the actual story. This morning I gave in and clicked the link. Headline: "You Could Soon Get from St. Louis to Kansas City in Just 23 Minutes."
St. Louisans may soon be able to travel to Kansas City in around 23 minutes — for the price of a bus ticket. That route is one of 11 within the country Hyperloop One is considering for future development, the company announced Thursday.
With Hyperloop One, passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The pod quickly lifts above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag.
This sounds amazingly like those old stories from the 50's whereby the author tried to guess what the future would hold.