Sunday, 13 May 2018

The Jetsons and The Flintstones

The Jetsons and the Flintstones. Were they right or wrong?

Kia ora koutou.

The Flintstones were the modern Stone Age family. Residing in Bedrock, Fred Flintstone
worked an unsatisfying quarry job, but returned home to lovely wife Wilma and eventually
daughter Pebbles.

Fred, a big fan of golf and bowling, also enjoyed bullying neighbour Barney Rubble, while Barney's saucy wife Betty was best friends with Wilma. During the show's run, Barney and Betty would adopt an unnaturally strong son, Bamm-Bamm, who would become friends with little Pebbles. "The Flintstones," heavily inspired by "The Honeymooners," convinced a generation of children that dinosaurs and humans occupied the planet at the same time.

This popular primetime cartoon show features the Jetson family living in a utopian future.
People live in housing in the sky, work a three-day workweek, drive aerocars that look like
flying saucers and have incredible conveniences that leave them with plenty of leisure time.
George, his homemaker wife Jane, and their children, Judy and Elroy,
also have a robotic maid named Rosie and a talking dog named Astro.

Both of these animated comedies were seen to be well ahead of their time.
Let’s have a look and see how far ahead they were in thinking.
Last week we looked at Artificial intelligence and its relationship to our current lives,
what can you see here that may also be linked to this thinking and the future?

Q1. When do you think these animated comedies were created?

Q2. What inventions do you see in the Jetsons clip that you can see used today?

Q3. Do you see any inventions that are not yet seen in everyday life?

Q4. How many inventions that are everyday tools we use can you see in the Flintstones clip?
Can you name some?

Q5. Can you name some inventions you are looking forward to seeing in the future?

Q6. What tool do you think should be developed further to help us in school?

Q7. What sort people do you think create these inventions?

Q8. Do you think these inventions help our economy?

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday at 2pm.


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