What were they thinking?
The Jetsons predicted flat television, video calling, dog treadmills, personal flying vehicles, robot house maids, talking alarm clocks, tanning beds, a watch that entertains you with TV, a tablet that showcases the daily news, robot vacuums and clear elevator shafts in 1962-63. It was set in 2062. So, we’re halfway there, already have many of their future innovations and many others that didn’t seem to fit in their ‘live in the sky’ existence. Where are the trees, ground, oceans in their world? I think they found it easier to just deal with life on stilts. Maybe they were secretly referencing a colony on another planet?
Tex Avery’s animation cartoons in the 1950’s predicting the ‘World of Tomorrow’ took a more slapstick approach to representing things like AI by putting people into boxes behind devices so they could interact with you. But, the sarcastic message was the same.
Your Safety First – A John Sutherland toon from the 1950’s shows news headlines about space travel and tax cuts while Dad contemplates buying a new car on Oct. 5, 2000. With a computerized home, 3D/holographic projection TV, a 4 hour work day, and cars that drive themselves! A comic history view of the auto industry’s “remarkable inventions” making cars better and safer. We’re getting there, but we are behind the projections.
1958 Disney’s ‘Magic Highway’ foretold not only driverless cars and trains but solar powered, mag-lev individual cars (like the first mag-lev trains in Japan and the one they want to build that is endlessly tied up in legislative and financial bureaucracy in California.)
1939 World’s Fair. (The World’s Fair is now called Dubai’s Expo 2020). ‘Futurama” was the exhibit that captured the attention and imagination of a generation. The World of Tomorrow. The world of back then wasn’t ready for the World of Tomorrow’s dream of a global community. But, people were fascinated. Read More>>