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The Jetsons Premiered 50 Years Ago Today

Getty Images If you’re wondering when we’ll be getting flying cars and robot maids, the show was set in 2062. Today’s question: If you could have one innovation featured on The Jetsons right now, what would you choose?

50 Years of the Jetsons

On September 23, 1962, 50 years ago Sunday, The Jetsons premiered on American TV. It was the first show ABC broadcast in color. Although the series only lasted one year in its initial run, it left more than one generation with the definitive vision of “the future.” “The Jetsons” was the distillation of every Space Age [...]

Floating Island City Designs

The Seasteading Institute is positive that someday in the future, we’ll have to migrate away from land and into renewable-energy powered floating cities. So sure, in fact, that they ran a competition for seastead designs for permanent, stationary structures that would allow for┬álong-term ocean living. From the off-shore floating research laboratory shown above to a [...]

Sanzhi Pod City

Oh, how I wish these weren’t abandoned. Sanzhi Pod City in Sanzhi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan, looks like something straight out of the Jetsons. The complex of pod apartments was built in 1978… or, almost built. The funding went awry and now all that’s left are these futuristic-looking ruins. Retronaut has a great gallery [...]