Is anyone else seriously underwhelmed by technological developments? Watch
There are a few articles on it, but in 2012 something like 27 Sci-Fi technologies were actually invented, and many more are to come. I don't believe that progress has slowed, it's largely a case of fully understanding the problem and realising there are plenty of smaller barriers to pass along the way. Funding cuts certainly don't help either.
Technological timelines have, historically, been far off.
Fusion has progressed quicker than computers, if that helps.
It's true though that people expect technological development for free and don't realise the need for funding - a BBC documentary (arguably not the most reliable of sources) presented punters in shopping centres with 'rewind smartphones' to turn back time and 'miniature jetpacks' the size of earrings with possibilities for cross-continent travel. Nobody was skeptical; everyone accepted it and several asked to buy.
On one hand, this might show that technology is developing so rapidly that people believe anything and everything like it's magic. I don't think this is true. On the other, the average person's unfazed, unimpressed reaction and shows their disregard for the effort and money that goes in. Either way, research needs more funding.
Nothing seems to have happened in the last 20 years. Sure, we have quicker computers and 20 MP digital cameras. But why hasn't cancer been cured yet? Or even the damned common cold? Where are the AI machines which will pass the Turing Test? Fusion power stations? It all seems so painfully slow.