Even if it hurts, the year 2015 that you imagined back to the future II (1989) is already dangerously far in our past without us having been able to enjoy its most appetizing predictions about futuristic technology. To know if we will be able to drive one of those flying cars that futuristic science fiction has always promised us, we must place our hopes in 2062, the year of The Supersonics.
The Jetsons, which on September 23 celebrates its 60th anniversary after its first broadcast in 1962, was one of the most important projects of Hanna Barbera. Created as an undisguised derivation of success The Flintstones —instead of being an animated comedy about a family in prehistoric times, it would be an animated comedy about a family in the future—the series was a tremendous success in its original season alone, 24 episodes.
The Jetsons It was the channel’s first production ABC issued in color; even though The Flintstones it was always produced in color, its early seasons were broadcast in black and white due to technical limitations. Decades later, in 1985, the production of a hundred additional episodes completes the corpus of the series with the adventures of the Sonic family: Super, Ultra, Lucero, Cometín, their dog Astro and Robotina, their robotic servant.
Technology in ‘The Jetsons’
When the masters of animation William Hanna there Joseph Barbera designed the daily life of these characters into the future of a hundred years reproduces many elements of the success formula of The Flintstones: instead of putting dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures to do the work of contemporary devices, they applied automation and robotic technology to those same functions. A bit like the real tech industry!
The futuristic house of The Jetsons – in buildings that tower above the clouds – is filled with gadgets, robotic arm springs and treadmills. Our current devices may not be exactly as imagined in the series, but in many ways they were ahead of them in “futuristic” features such as the incorporation of microchips and connected devices. to the Internet found everywhere in today’s smart homes.
It is precisely a kind of everyday, home-centric “futuristic technology”, which, as is generally imagined in The Jetsons, cemented the show’s place in the collective imagination as a prediction of a future that wasn’t too dystopian or utopian: as routine as the day-to-day of any family sitcom.
‘The Jetsons’ predictions for the future
many predictions of The Jetsons They have come true in our daily lives almost exactly as those responsible imagined them: from flat-screen televisions to smartwatches that allow access to all kinds of audiovisual content on the wrist; not to mention smartphones that didn’t even cross their minds in 1962.
One form of communication they pushed us forward was video calling. Seeing live the face of the person you are talking to on the phone from hundreds of kilometers away was a fantasy that we quickly got tired of thanks to the last years of pandemic, distancing and virtual telework.
More things that we have become accustomed to almost without realizing it? The home robots that sweep, vacuum, and mop the floor for us aren’t as talkative as Robotina, but in return they undoubtedly perform most of their home functions. To have conversations with artificial beings, we already have Alexa, and depending on when she wants it, she can be very talkative.
What Hasn’t Happened (Yet) is one of the standout elements of the animated series: those flying cars that classic sci-fi has so often dreamed of. While they’re in the field, the auto industry may be tightening the screws on the expansion of self-driving, self-driving vehicles, but their safety still leaves a lot to be desired. Not to mention, we doubt it’s possible to turn them into briefcases when parking, like Super Sonic did when he got to work.
Will we ever see a future like The Jetsons? The energy crisis, climate change, and resource scarcity we already face today make it hard to imagine a future as enjoyable as the series has. This is also true, if we only look at the surface.
If the inhabitants of The Jetsons they live their whole lives in the air, raised on a huge blanket of pollution, doesn’t that mean that at some point they ended the possibility of living on earth? Well thought out, we’re not interested in seeing all of his predictions come true.
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