56 Years Later: Predictive technologies are giving us The Jetsons life

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Many of us grew up watching The Jetsons, an animated comedy about a futuristic family taking advantage of flying saucer cars, space highways, robot maids and more. And while we are still years (light years?) away from hovercraft, we are starting to see a sea change in how easily we perform common or more difficult tasks.


Many of these advances are predicated upon predictive analytics and artificial intelligence. Those terms can seem scary but in reality, they are simply ways of making menial tasks a little easier — so you’re freed up to perform the strategic tasks that help you move the dial.


How many of these new technologies have you thought about

implementing in your business or home life?


1. Voice-activated assistants

We’ve been talking to Siri for nearly a decade now, but as rivals like Alexa, Google Home and Cortana enter the fray, the competition among voice-activated assistants is becoming fiercer every day.


These assistants are far from having the easily excitable personality of Rosie the Robot, and they’re just as efficient. You can ask your chosen device assistant to order up diapers, check to see if your garage door is closed or simply go through your daily schedule as you get dressed.


[TELL US IN THE COMMENTS] How often do you use voice-activated assistants to help you with basic tasks?

2. Automated vacuums

Rosie the Robot didn’t just cook, she was also rarely seen without her vacuum or dust pan. Until we can all have a robotic maid, there are automated smart vacuums that can memorize the floor plan of your home and, while you’re at work, get to business sucking up all the pet hair, crumbs and other debris you leave behind in your morning wake.



[TELL US] Are you still pushing around a manual vacuum or have you upgraded your home cleaning technology?

3. Automated healthcare diagnoses

In one classic The Jetsons episode, George takes a Peek-A-Boo Prober Capsule, which allows his doctor to diagnose every single thing that is wrong with him in mere seconds.




We’re certainly not at the point of being able to take such a capsule in order to get an accurate diagnoses (and spoiler alert, George’s capsule was full of false positives!).

But with a little luck and a lot of biotechnology innovation and funding, we are getting closer to those “Peek-a-Boo Probers” integrated into our daily medical lives.

The company 23 and Me provides saliva-based DNA tests that check for genetic disorders and varied health risks, including your predisposition to certain types of cancer and aesthetic conditions like male pattern baldness. They also provide wellness reports that offer ideas for how to improve your overall well-being.

Meanwhile, companies in China are testing technology that would help diagnosis Parkinson’s disease based on the control you have over your steering wheel, and Alzheimer’s based on your speech patterns.


4. Predictive, automated work tasks

In a 1963 episode of The Jetsons, George complains about his demanding boss — who had required him to work a full two hours that week. Automation is at the heart of every facet of The Jetsons and George’s work is mostly to press buttons and supervise-while-napping the sprockets manufactured at Spacely Space Sprockets, Inc.


We won’t pretend that here at SmartZip, we’ve come up with a way to offer real estate agents a two-hour work week. (But we’ll keep working toward that.)

However, we have automated a great number of tasks related to identifying likely home sellers and marketing to them (one-on-one and via automated campaigns) so that you’re able to jump start a relationship with them before they list with anyone else.

We can’t promise a two-hour work week but we can promise dozens fewer hours creating marketing campaigns and setting up Facebook ad parameters to your market and sphere. If you’re interested, just reach out today and we’ll give you the George Jetson discount.

Where do we go from here?

It’s not hard to see some of the big shifts that seem poised for mass-market introduction and disruption — from self-driving cars, to skyscrapers that “build themselves,” to earbuds that translate conversations in another language in real-time.

But just as George Jetson came to find out when his Peek-A-Boo Prober Capsule misdiagnosed him, fine-tuning new technology isn’t simple and it can be almost impossible to predict the next biggest innovation that will take over the world.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts — what new technology has changed your world in the last five years? What do you think is the next ripped-from-the-Jetsons plotline that we’ll see introduced?


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An Idabel OK Broker ~ Judi K Barrett
Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma - Idabel, OK
BA, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Technology has developed in all of the menial tasks of our lives.. if we choose to go that direction.  It sure can free up some time to use in less labor-some ways.

Mar 07, 2018 05:14 PM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I see many things that are simalar to predictions if not just in different ways

Mar 07, 2018 05:34 PM #2
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Spent many a Saturday growing up watching these futuristic geniuses !!!

Mar 07, 2018 07:22 PM #3
faye schubert
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Realty and Lake of the Ozarks - Branson, MO
technology and marketing specialist

I loved the Jetsons and it is simply amazing how many things in that cartoon are realistic today. I think the next thing is already in the works: the driverless car. It does make me a bit skittish about it.

Mar 08, 2018 05:17 AM #4
Joy Daniels
Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd. - Harrisburg, PA

What a great post! In the real estate profession, many of us have gone from big books full of listings to where we are now.  Even small advancements like digi-sign/docu-sign still amaze me with how technology has made our daily lives easier. Many agents in our office have never known it any other way!

Mar 08, 2018 06:58 AM #5
Bill Dean 314 575 6924
Haggerty Team St. Louis, Mo. - Fenton, MO
William Dean - Broker, Salesperson

Something in your post that really  was of special interest to me was the Chinese innovation of detecting hand tremors via your steering wheel.   A few months back I noticed while driving that one of my hands would shake while driving so I can see where that tech could be used to catch early onset of nerve disorders!

In my case my doctor ordered an MRI ( a lesser version Of a peek a boo) and concluded it is a compressed vertebrae causing the nerve twitch.

So your post is not only entertaining but very helpful!

Mar 08, 2018 11:16 AM #6
Paul McFadden
Paratex - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Interesting. So many lightning quick changes. And I think it's kind of cool!

Mar 08, 2018 01:00 PM #7
Michael Eisenberg
eXp Realty - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham Real Estate Guy

And who knows what the future will bring but more change.

Mar 08, 2018 03:26 PM #8
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Apex, NC
Raleigh - Cary Triangle Real Estate 919-602-8489

I've thought this many times. I only use Siri. I'd like to get the automatic vacuum though.

Mar 08, 2018 05:57 PM #9
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

What is problematic with automation and AI, it kills jobs, with no replacements in sight. If George Jetson is working two hours a day, how does he pay the bills? I do not think all the real estate agents want to be replaced.

Mar 08, 2018 07:20 PM #10
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
your real estate writer

I want the part from the Jetsons that lets you tell the machine what you want for dinner - no more cooking!

Mar 08, 2018 08:28 PM #11
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’m still waiting for the flying cars, but then again we’re getting self driving cars in no time.

Mar 08, 2018 10:02 PM #12
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Marte Cliff That one too! That was an amazing little machine there on that show!

Mar 08, 2018 10:03 PM #13
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Thanks for the walk down memory lane with the Jetsons.

I am amazed at how the things they did seemed so far fetched then, but have become everyday uses now.

Change keeps coming and will continue to do so.

Mar 09, 2018 04:00 AM #14
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

lots of fun analogies in your post as a child of the 60's I remember all of these quirky future guesses... and to some extent fiction becomes reality.

Mar 09, 2018 05:55 AM #15
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I am not a fan of the virtual assistant gizmos. Don't use at all. They are just too creepy for me. 

I tried an automatic floor cleaner once and didn't like it at all. So much faster to just wash the floor myself. I wasn't impressed. 

We use auto setting on coffee maker and lots of blue tooth technology. We have digital surveillance on our property and I would be lost without my laptop and smartphone. 

I loved the Jetsons and love how you used them in this post!

Mar 09, 2018 07:09 AM #16
Dörte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Adam,

Yeah, that real-time translation thing may lead to more mis-communication, because it is not as easy as it looks.

Mar 09, 2018 09:24 AM #17
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Everybody seems to be talking about wanting flying cars like the Jetsons! It’s too funny when I had that stuff! This one was a fun one to revisit! Thanks again for posting!

Mar 19, 2018 11:39 PM #18
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Translating can be tough, but I commend him for making the effort nevertheless. And also, the technology is still pretty new and will catch up most likely.


Mar 19, 2018 11:42 PM #19
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