When this show came out in the early 1960’s it was so outside the realm of reality and possibility, it was just fun to watch! Then in 1969 we saw the first man walk on the moon. Maybe, the idea of space travel a decade before wasn’t so far out of reach. Still the probability seemed far-fetched.
Star Trek was another futuristic show that had quite the impact on how people responded to outer space possibilities. It seems there are six separate television series of the Star Trek Saga, which in total, equaled 726 episodes spanning thirty seasons!
In 1978 we were introduced to Mork and Mindy and there’s always Superman and others who gave a glimpse of “what if’s” about futuristic scenarios, through sit-coms or super heroes. Still, the eventuality of anything beyond a vivid imagination of these shows, was what most considered plausible.
Since the time of these shows, more space travel has taken place, even with some dire consequences. The space shuttle Challenger in 1986 proved disastrous as the explosion stole the lives of the seven men and women aboard. The scientific research has led to more and more data, allowing for the progression of space travel a reality for the very wealthy, with the suggestion that someday, it could even be commonplace.
I admit I am not a “scientific” person and have a real hard time processing the idea of traveling around in some kind of space ship. Still as scientific progress continues, there seems to be a real possibility of situations once considered completely out of the question, to .....well….. maybe!
What is really remarkable, however is to read about a three-dimensional, soft, autonomous robot! Apparently it has no electronics and is powered through a chemical reaction. This octobot, as it is called, has led some to believe we may be on the verge of a new generation of soft robots!
The idea of an autonomous robot has my head spinning a bit, even knowing there has been vacuum cleaners and other robotic scenarios for years. Yet automation could be a form of robotic reasoning, and that started in the 1930’s! Machines helped manufacturers fill orders more efficiently and quickly. Since that time, with all the technology available, even more can be accomplished, using automation! And, machines -- a type of robot-- can do those tasks that are considered boring, tedious and time consuming for the average human!
How would you feel about a robot, like Rosie from the Jetson’s, to come into your home to cook, clean, and do daily chores? Do you see our country ever reaching the “space age,” in the sense that the average family is in some way a part? Share your views and ideas!