The Jetson’s television show first aired in 1967. Call me crazy, but I bet back in the 60’s when the show first came out that everyone thought that although it seemed far-fetched back then, surely in 2011 there would really be flying cars, robot housekeepers, devices that let our dogs talk, etc.
It seems to me that if we can have iPhones, and other “smart” devices, it couldn’t be that hard to make robots that do housework and make pleasant conversation. I think the problem is that we have focussed our efforts on things that don’t really matter.
Do we really need phones that can cruise the internet, check our email, update Facebook, etc.? I don’t know about anyone else, but I find having a phone with me at all times with those capabilities can be pretty annoying. When I was in the rehab hospital after breaking my hip, I was still making sure the bills were paid on time, and other boring/tedious tasks because of the capabilities of my phone. If I had a “dumb phone” I would have just kicked back, watched TV, and enjoyed the painkillers.
I am sure talking robot housekeepers, especially when they seem a little hormonal like Rosie on the Jetsons could get annoying, but if they did, we could probably just pour some water on it or something to snap it out of the “not the best thing that ever happened to my housekeeping years” phase. Not to mention that George Jetson worked 9 hours a week. I don’t think my husband would mind that too much.
Anyway, I have to clean my house (which is what got me thinking about this in the first place), so no more blogging for me today. I know it is horrible, but maybe this (my lack of blogging) will help the Apple Corporation get on the ball and invent some truly useful things, like flying cars and cleaning robots.