Cartoon Man of Future George Jetson Is Born Today

George Jetson was a character created in the 1960s but is the family man of the future. He has robot servants, flying cars, and moving sidewalks. All the apartment buildings are set on giant poles In Jetsons: The Movie, they revealed that they live in the sky due to excess of smog.

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  1. Brian, it appears the comments that disappear, (I’ve had a couple in this thread.) don’t end up “pending”, they just vanish.

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    • I will talk to my developer. Until there is a technical solution… mitigation. Please type original comment elsewhere and copy and paste the result into the actual comments. This would prevent any work loss. Just copy and paste again.

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  2. The show takes place in the 2060’s, so by then our drones could easily scale up to flying cars, and an evolved Teslabot/Atlas could be named Rosie no problem. The only parts that are unrealistic are the intact nuclear family, high quality housing, and everyone is pencil thin.

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    • True. In general, visions of the future are linear extrapolations of the current status and trends where things are “enhanced” a bit. So they could not imagine the nuclear family disintegrating, just that dropping off kids to school would be done done quicker from the air..

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    • Pencil thin? Curiously, this does not include Mr. Spacely and Cogswell Cogsworth, the fat cats of the Jetson universe.

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  3. Rosie would do George’s job a thousand times better. Tax incentives are why his boss keeps rehiring him, because the government doesn’t want George on the dole (UBI) and causing trouble.

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    • At the time it was produced nobody knew we were headed towards a dystopian future ruled by risk averse bureaucrats. A lot of that stuff was just a reasonable extrapolation of trends at the time, before the regulators tightened the screws.

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      • Sure.. But do you see moving sidewalks increasing in general? To me, it would seem that people are not that fond of walking..

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        • No, I do not. Moving sidewalks and escalators are way more expensive than ordinary pavement and stairs. So they only get installed in high traffic areas where they are justified. Elevators have fewer moving parts than the other two, and are more useful for heavy loads, so they get built more often.

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          • Right, you need a really high level of traffic to justify a moving sidewalk, they have to save more valuable labor by people just walking, than they cost in human labor to install and maintain.

            I might speculate that they’re commonplace in the Jetsons’ future because the high reliance on robotics in manufacturing has made them more affordable; Basically no more human labor involved in saying “build a moving sidewalk here” than in saying “Build a stationary sidewalk here”; It’s a free choice, like what color to paint the walls.

          • I could see one application that could make moving sidewalks common, if it were not for economics and peoples dislike of walking:

            Replace subways with multiple tracks of moving sidewalks. The track closest to platform would be slow and the tracks would be progressively faster farther from the platform. That way, you would never have to wait for a subway car, you would just start your journey whenever you would enter the “subway” station.

            Advantage: shorter effective travel time for shorter distances, positive health benefits from people moving

            Disadvantage: difficult for older people, slower travel for longer distances, more expensive than normal subway

            …and no, I don’t think this will ever be implemented…

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