How Much of The Jetsons’ Futuristic World Has Become a Reality?

From Ad Age:

It’s hard to believe, but George Jetson, his boy Elroy, daughter Judy, Jane, his wife — and Astro, everyone’s favorite space dog — are now 50 years old.

The show was futuristic in its own right: When it bowed in the early 60’s, it was the first color show to ever air on ABC. But it was the quirky technological advances that the Hanna Barbera show imagined human beings using — from robot maids to flying cars — that really formed the backdrop of the show and kept viewers interested.

In honor of The Jetsons’ 50th anniversary, we decided to take a look to see how far we’ve come. And based on where we are so far, by 2062, the year the show is set in, we may just achieve all that the show’s writers envisioned and then some. One thing that’s massively important to us today and wasn’t reflected that way on the show is our powerful mobile phone technology and the importance to us of how small those devices have become, as well as what they permit — constant access to the internet (not conceived back then) and a variety of useful apps.

How the Jetsons envisioned life in 2062, (and where we are in 2012)

Rosie, the maid, is a robot and robots are regularly used on the show to complete daily tasks, such as cook & clean and help the characters get dressed.
…In 2012
Honda’s Asimo is the most advanced robot to date, as it can walk, talk and interact with humans. Such devices are becoming more popular when it comes to housekeeping too, particularly with robotic vaccums such as the iRobot Roomba.

Short workdays …
George Jetson would regularly complain about his three-hour workdays at Spacely Sprockets, where his main responsibility was to repeatedly push one button on a large computer.
…In 2012
In the U.S. especially, workers are toiling longer than ever, prompting the American Journal of Epidemiology to report the findings of a study that showed the effects can mean premature heart problems. Many European countries have banned working for more than 48 hours a week.

Trips to the moon…
Jetting off to the moon is no big thing, and in one episode Little Elroy travels there on a Cub Scout trip.
…In 2012
Richard Branson is set to start offering “suborbital flights” via Virgin Galactic, with several successful test flights completed, while NASA is partnering with Elon Musk’s SpaceX for commercial missions. There’s also a Spaceport in New Mexico, which is just about complete and ready to host tourists who want to go into space.

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