Life According to The Jetsons: Technology That Exists Today

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 by Art Miller under Cyber Security/Hacking, IoT (Internet of Things), Lifestyle, Smart Home

Many people are familiar with the popular television show The Jetsons, which aired from 1962-1963 and again from 1985-1987. The show took place roughly 100 years into the future and predicted advanced technology, such as flying cars, video chat and smart homes.

What its creators had no way of knowing is that many of the “contraptions” portrayed in The Jetsons would exist (and become common) long before 2062.

So what exactly are some of these gizmos and gadgets? Below we outline a few.

Jetsons Predictions That Came True

Some technology predicted that not only came true, but came to fruition much earlier than anticipated, include:

  • Drones
  • Holograms
  • Jetpacks
  • Robots
  • Smart home automation
  • Smart watches
  • Video chat and conferencing

If many of the devices on The Jetsons already exist, what could possibly come next?

What the Future Has in Store

As technology and innovation continue to grow and evolve, so will consumers’ abilities to receive increased convenience and entertainment through their devices. Some predicted technology within the near future that could be widespread include:

  • Driverless vehicles.
  • Flying cars.
  • Microchips in our brain that control devices.
  • Computers with the processing power of humans.

These technologies may not be as “far out” as they seem.

As an example, Tesla and Google have already created cars with different levels of autonomy, and hope to see more driverless cars on the road soon.

In addition, companies like Uber are researching "vertical take off and landing” also known as VTOL. This type of service would allow consumers to get to where they need to go quicker, and potentially safer, by flying above traffic in passenger drones. Other companies, such as PAL-V, are also working on developing services around flying cars by opening a school to teach people how to “drive” or, in this case, fly.