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Cities Where Driving Is Banned, That’s How Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell Sees the Future

He’s one of the 50 men who changed America, at least according to Newsweek’s standards. An innovative engineer and entrepreneur, who founded both Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza-Time Theaters chain, Nolan Bushnell knows a thing or two about estimating the future, and when it comes to cars, he says they will be banned in cities in 20 years' time.
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At 72, Bushnell has been inducted in most of the “Hall of Fames,” so to speak, for people to grant him the position of a prediction-maker. He has started more than twenty companies and is one of the founding fathers of the video game industry. Nowadays, the engineer believes his educational software company called Brainrush is one of the gigs that will fundamentally change education.

Brainrush is using video game technology in learning software, while also incorporating real brain science. Sounds more than interesting, and that’s because it is. Enticing is also what one would call Bushnell’s statement he made recently in an interview with USA Today, when he was asked about how the future would look like in his opinion.

The engineer admitted not all his predictions about innovations had the same development pace he thought, but in a way or another they happened regardless. For instance, virtual reality and self-driving car technology may still be young, but they are growing exponentially lately. 20 years from now, however, driving a car in a city will be illegal, at least according to the Atari founder.

Bushnell doesn’t know how right he is when saying that. It may not apply to all the cities in the world for now, but Norway’s capital city has already announced that it will ban cars in the city center by 2019, which is a lot sooner than two decades from now. Europe is probably the fastest large community to go towards that direction, but the way traffic congestion affects everyday urban life may eventually lead to the engineer’s prediction.


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