I do realize how easily subjective the title of the article can be, I see it not as a future for air travel, more like a future for air travelers. This near term revolution will concentrate on the real customers: pax. It's a market by itself, done mainly through the actions of airports and airlines.
No offense, I found that to be surprising. Overall, the aviation industry is thesedays is very boring. Look around, all we are doing is tweeking current technology and applying it is different areas with the same result, nothing new at all. To me atleast. I'm looking at it from a business perspective and I see it as very dangerous to depend on "one size fits all".
IMO, it explained jack about the aviation industry, this article had nothing to do with airplanes. This synopsis by the author was what he/she was told how the future consisted of streamlining the air travel "experience", not the aviation technology per se. The focus in this market is to get people through an airport and onto their airplane with as little inconvinience and as fast as possible. This is a type of streamlining, the kind with no human interaction.
The meaning of life is curiosity; we were put on this planet to explore opportunities.