It seems the cartoon classic “The Jetsons” wasn’t so far-fetched at all…
A number of the advanced technologies forecast by the show (produced by Hanna-Barbera and running from 1962-63) have become part of our modern life. Here are just a few examples:
Video Phone – just about every episode included a conversation between George Jetson and his wife or his daughter or – more ominously, his boss – using a big screen video phone. That technology has certainly come true with Apple’s Facetime feature, Microsoft’s Skype, or the now commonplace Zoom call.
Motorized Walkways – the Jetsons lived in the era of big leisure, where housework was handled by a robot, and your job was a pressing a single button. You didn’t even have to stretch your legs to get from point A to point B thanks to motorized walkways! Now they’re not exactly commonplace on city streets, but nearly every major airport on the planet uses this technology to help you get to your flight faster.
Tiny Flying Devices – at the opening of every episode, young Elroy was picked up by a small flying device to be dropped off at school. Even though we haven’t mirrored that technology, the use of affordable, efficient flying drones has exploded – with uses ranging from photography to transporting goods.
And of course, the ONE technology we ALL can’t wait to use…
Flying Cars – okay, they’re not commonplace. Yet. According to the Robb Report, Japan’s SkyDrive SD-XX is expected to become a mainstream mode of transportation by 2030. With funding from Toyota, Fujitsu, Panasonic, and other high-tech firms, a test flight of a full-sized prototype is already getting off the ground.
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Nikki Earley, CFP®