I spent the last few days at the very enjoyable EdUI conference in Richmond, focused on the work and tools of higher-ed “web” professionals, where the opening speaker was Matt Novack, author of the Paleo-Future blog. Studying the history of visions of the future? Seems fitting to our seminar reading and discussions.
Specifically, he brought up the Jetsons and their enduring cultural influence. There were only 24 original episodes of the Jetsons produced — one season- — and those first aired 50 years ago.
Novack’s point in bringing that up:
Although it was on the air for only one season, The Jetsons remains our most popular point of reference when discussing the future.
(For just one example: Apple CEO Tim Cook when describing the iPhone: “We’re living the Jetsons with this.)
And isn’t it time for a new and better vision of the future to take hold?
Now to finish my reading and response for this afternoon’s seminar…