It's about to be 2010, which means: The Future! But what will that look like? To find out, let's take a tour through some famous visions of the future in TV and film.
As my friend used to say when he amused himself by winding his watch backward during history class, "Forward, forward, into the past!" First stop: flying cars. obviously, this mode of transportation was a mainstay of The Jetsons' vision of the future, a vision that revolved around everything being really angular and having lots of buttons. This vision continues to influence us today, in the form of superfluous stupid buttons and dials on what should be simple devices (does my microwave need a "popcorn" button?). You could argue that the simple, streamlined iPod heralded the end of Jetsonian hegemony over consumer technology — or maybe it was the recession and the decreasing popularity of the private jet, an actual flying car for rich people. Then again, we do have robot maids. And robot girlfriends, aka horrible mechanized dough-wads that crawl into bed with you.