Jason Hope, Arizona’s preeminent tech entrepreneur, has taken to the internet recently to talk about the many exciting new developments he sees coming down the pipeline as the Internet of Things takes off.
One thing Jason Hope addresses is the failure of futurists in the postwar period to accurately predict what would come to fruition. This may be also be interpreted as a failure of our nation’s own inventiveness. But Hope sees this changing soon, as the Internet of Things begins making its pervasive presence felt throughout every facet of American life.
Jules Vern versus the Jetsons
Jules Vern, in his novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, accurately predicted to coming nuclear age and the advent of the nuclear submarine as the supreme instrument of naval warfare. Yet, shortly after the first nuclear submarine was christened the Nautilus, after the vessel in Vern’s book, The Jetsons, a series about a family living in an indeterminate, space-age future, premiered. In contrast to the almost perfect clairvoyance of Verne in assessing the state of future technology, the Jetsons and similar trains of thought among the futurists of the ’60s never came to fruition.
Children of the ’50s and ’60s were told that they would own flying cars when they reached their parents’ age. They were told that ovens would custom-make food from molecular scratch. Virtually none of the futurist conceptions of the age ever came to be.