When I was a kid, the Shuttle was just a fucking foot stool to a good and proper SSTO.
And guess what. It fucking wasn't.
pic related, close enough.
The the future generally always lets down on expectations, go watch Metropolis, people thought we would be flying around in planes by the middle of the 20th century, also you fail to mention the fact that Information technology is a side effect of improvements in computing and microprocessors which is the real advancement of the 21st century.>We're FUCKED
go take an aspirin boomer