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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page B2

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2B E3 USA TODAY—DEMOCRATANDCHRONICLE THURSDAY,OCTOBER22,2015 Time travel is a reality, and you get to pick when and where you'd like to go. The options are limitless: prehistoric safari; building a great w orld civilization; staking aclaim in the Wild West. So where will Americans c hoose to have the time machine take them? Not too far away and not too far back. 1950s America was the top time-travel choice of USA TODAY readers as 23% chose a trip back to the era of tall tailfins and taller hairdos. Ben Abramson looks at when and where our survey respondents would most like to go. 1. 1950s America23% 2 . Renaissance Italy 16% 3 . Colonial America 15% 4. Roaming with the dinosaurs 14% 5. Ancient Egypt 12% 6. America’s Wild West 7% 7. America before European settlers 5% 8. Shakespearean England 4% 9. Ming-era China 3% 10. Incan-era Peru 1% NOTE: OPTIONS WERE SELECTED BY USA TODAY EDITORS AND VOTED ON BY USATODAY.COM READERS. Where would you like to time-travel? JAMES STEIDL, GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO PIERPAOLO CITO, AFP/GETTY IMAGES VANESSA DAVIS GOODRICH, GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO PRESIDENTAND PUBLISHER John Zidich EDITOR IN CHIEF David Callaw ay CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Kevin Gentz el 7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, Va. 22108, 703-854-3400 Published by Gannett The local edition of USA TODAYis published daily in partnership with Gannett Newspapers Advertising: All advertising published in USA TODAYis subject to the current rate card; copies available from the advertising department. USA TODAYmay in its sole discretion edit, classify, reject or cancel at any time any advertising submitted. National, Regional: 703-854-3400 Reprint permission, copies of articles, glossy reprints: or call 212-221-9595 USA TODAYis a member of The Associated Press and subscribes to other news services. USA TODAY, its logo and associated graphics are registered trademarks. All rights reserved. USA TODAYis committed to accuracy. To reach us, contact Standards Editor Br ent Jones at 800-8 72707 3 or e-mail accu- Please indicate whether you’re responding to content online or in the newspaper. Corrections & Clarifications that could photograph the news. And much of our imagined home technology — voice-activated appliances, flat-screen televisions and videoconferencing — is r eality. O f course, we got a lot wrong. Thankfully, we don’t have fax terminals in every room. Food hy- d rators are non-existent, our f ashion predictions were way o , a nd we don’t have fusion energy devices. We completely missed the smartphone, perhaps the most transformative device in the past 30 years. And flying cars? No, we didn’t seriously think they’d exist today, but then, we weren’t trying to be serious. For this edition, I was asked to a gain predict life 30 years in the future. I hope I’ll be around to see w hat I get right. In 2045, people will own fewer things. This is already happening through media cloud storage and the sharing economy. Improved rideshare apps will make it easier to function without owning a car, a nd public self-driving cars in our business districts will accelerate that trend. A s virtual reality makes it simpler to work from home, there w ill be fewer cars on the road, less wear on our infrastructure b ut less revenue from car and gasoline taxes. So our govern- m ents will find new ways to tax us and “feed the beast.” Virtual reality will allow people to be comfortable in smaller living spaces and will also lead to some interesting developments in the sex industry (Google “vir- t ual reality sex” to see what I m ean). Our birthrate will continue declining, but there will be fewer jobs necessary to run s ociety. A fast-food restaurant will be o perated by just two people, and some of that food will be soy, processed to taste like chicken and beef. Cashiers will be a thing of the past because transactions will be made via smartphone, and meals will be prepared and packaged by robots. Already, store checkers are being replaced by s elf checkout, and both they and restaurant waiters will become e ndangered species. Advanced robots will handle almost all factory and warehouse labor, and consumers will manufacture smaller items in their own homes with 3-D printers. By 2045, robotic systems will c onstruct buildings and roads. And the most important job in society will be “repair person.” W e’ll have “Google MD,” a system using biometrics and data c runching to diagnose us from our own homes — a good thing, g iven an aging population and a likely shortage of doctors. We’ll have less privacy, but people won’t care because, as a defense mechanism, they’ll be less judgmental and have less shame. Although I still don’t expect flying cars, we’ll have hoverboard parks, similar to today’s skate- parks. Finally, the people of 2045 will be nostalgic about life 30 years a go and wish for a DeLorean Time Machine to experience the simpler life of 2015. Bob Gale was the screenwriter for the Back to the Future franchise. ROBERT HANASHIRO,USA TODAY Bob Gale, writer and c o-producer of the Back to the Future movies, looks over a copy of USA TODAY while sitting in a restored DeLorean “time machine” like the car used in the movies in C ourthouse S quare at Universal Studios. Virtual reality, r obots for 2045 v CONTINUED FROM1B “Flying cars? No, we didn’t s eriously think t hey’d exist t oday, but then, w e weren’t trying to be serious.” Screenwriter Bob Gale female lawmakers in Congress, sent out expressions of admiration for the vice president. Even some of Clinton’s Republican challengers quipped that the move is decisive in clearing her path for the Democratic nomination. Republican Ben Carson said, “It pretty much guarantees Hillary is who we will run against.” R epublican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus described Biden’s decision not to enter the race as “a major blow for Democrats.’’ Biden “was the most formidable general election candidate the Democrat Party could have field- ed, and his decision not to challenge Hillary Clinton greatly improves our chances,’’ he said. Top Democrats focused their reactions on saluting Biden’s career. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi took to Twitter to say, “Biden is an all-American patriot and a middle-class warrior!’’ California Sen. Barbara Boxer suggested last week that Biden should not challenge Clintonaf- ter the former secretary of State’s skillful performance at the Democratic debate in Las Vegas. Boxer was among the first members of Congress to praise Biden after his decision to sit out the 2016 race. “I know this decision was a very di cult one for him, and I am so glad he will continue speaking out strongly about the importance of building on the success of this administration,’’ Boxer said. Biden made his announcement aday before Clinton was to testify before a House committee investigating the terrorist attacks in 2012 in Benghazi, Libya. It could be a critical moment in her campaign. Biden said he concluded that time had run out to mount a credible bid. National polls show Clinton remains the strong favorite, holding at least a 20-point lead over Sanders in many polls. S he’s erased Sanders’ advantage in the one state where he led her, according to a new survey out of New Hampshire. Jim Manley, a Democratic strategist and former aide to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, said on Fox News that Biden “had no money. He had no fundraising. He had no political operation.” Biden made clear he was not declining a run to clear a path for Clinton. In addition to expressing his plan to remain engaged in the political process, Biden appeared to jab at Clinton for comments she made at the debate last week about Republicans being her enemies. “I don’t think we should look at Republicans as our enemies. T hey are our opposition. They’re n ot our enemies,” he said. F ormer Pennsylvania governor E d Rendell, a Democrat, said any b itterness between Biden and his supporters and the Clinton camp aign is unlikely to linger. On T witter, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said Clinton called Biden after his announcement. “I don’t think Joe will keep it up, if it was his intention,’’ Rendell said on MSNBC. “He knows that Hillary Clinton’s going to be the nominee’’ and “preserve the Obama-Biden legacy.” There was just no political space for the vice president to get in, he said. “I’m not sure he had the heart for what essentially had to become a very personal campaign,” Rendell said. Dems line up to praise Biden v CONTINUED FROM1B Biden’s “decision not to challenge Hillary Clinton greatly improves our chances.” Reince Priebus ,Republican National Committee chairman WASHINGTON Ending months of speculation about his political future, Vice President Biden an- n ounced Wednesday he won’t r un for president, saying the wind ow for entering the race has c losed. “ Unfortunately, I believe we’re o ut of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination,” said Biden, who s ought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988 and 2008. “But while I will not be a candidate, I will not be silent. I intend to speak out clearly and forcefully, to influence as much as I can where we stand as a party and where we need to go as a nation.” Biden, 72, a former U.S. senator, has been grieving and weighing family needs since his 46-year-old son, Beau, Delaware’s former attorney general, died of brain cancer May 30. Biden said the grieving process “doesn’t respect or much care about things like filing deadlines or debates and primaries and caucuses.” He said he and his family have reached the point where thinking o f Beau “brings a smile” before t ears. “Beau is our inspiration,” h e said. B iden spoke from the Rose G arden as his wife, Jill, and Presi- d ent Obama looked on. He urged Democrats to build on the successes of the Obama administra- t ion in the coming presidential campaign. “This party, our nation, will be making a tragic mistake if we walk away or attempt to undo the Obama legacy,” he said. “Democrats should not only defend this record and protect this record, they should run on the record.” Biden listed priorities that include “giving the middle class a fighting chance,” changing immigration policies and campaign-fi- nance laws and rooting out institutional racism. “We need, as the president has proposed, to triple the child care tax credit,” he said. Biden said the country needs “a moonshot” to cure cancer and v owed to spend his next 15 m onths in o ce fi ghting for inc reased funding for research and d evelopment. “ If I could be anything, I would h ave wanted to be the president that ended cancer, because it’s possible,” he said, calling the is- s ue “personal.” Biden joined the call for debt- free college, saying, “We need to commit to 16 years of free public education for all of our children. “We can pay for all of this with one simple step, by limiting the deductions in the tax code to 28% of income,” he said. He called for an end to “divisive partisan politics,” saying, “For the sake of the country, we have to work together.” JIM WATSON, AFP/GETTY IMAGES Vice President Biden, flanked by President Obama and his wife, Jill, speaks at the White House on Wednesday. He said the window of opportunity for a presidential run has closed. Biden may be ‘out of time,’ but he won’t be sidelined Nicole Gaudiano USA TODAY

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