With all the high expectations surrounding the promise of automated, mostly electric self-flying machines replacing traffic-snarled, carbon-belching cars and trucks, it is worth pausing to recognize this movement as something of a technologically advanced redo. You see, back in the heady, post-war 1950s—when all things seemed possible—there was a belief among many that a personal whirlybird revolution would literally lift populations free of the surly macadam bonds. Accordingly, ...

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