Sexbots and flying cars: real life is already “Futurama”
Futurama was a show that first aired over 23 years ago and still holds a special place in the hearts of every sci-fi lover. It was set in 2999 (and beyond) and featured various innovations ranging from the Career Chip to the Smell-o-Scope to the Mind Switch that many of us still wish would become a reality one day. .
Apart from the gimmicks, the show was also remembered for its super-advanced robot society that was not only driven by machine learning, but also by emotions, spirituality, and gender. Futurama also gave us an idea of how society might work if humans, robots, and aliens (from different worlds) co-existed together on Earth.
The show portrayed many of our expectations and fears related to the future in a humorous and satirical way. And, in some ways, the real world is starting to look like Futurama.
We don’t have to go too far into the future to see it. In fact, some aspects of modern life already resemble Futurama. For example, in a 2011 episode titled “Cold Warriors,” a contagious disease spread through New York City, infecting nearly everyone. Given the high rate of infection, the authorities decided to quarantine the city. Sound familiar?
The only difference is that in Futurama, the authorities cordoned off the entire city using a gigantic plastic sheet. “Cold Warriors” originally aired on August 25, 2011, about eight years before COVID-19 appeared.
Talking heads and flying cars
life in FuturamaThe 31st century is full of amazing inventions and technologies. People can interact with deceased personalities (including former US presidents, celebrities and scientists) through their talking heads kept in jars filled with an unknown liquid. Does this seem far-fetched? Maybe not.
Amazon can fake anyone’s voice, like your deceased grandmother. Additionally, various companies and non-profit organizations offer head, brain, and body preservation in hopes that you will have a second chance at life if science ever cures aging and death. Many wealthy people like former PayPal CEO Peter Thiel have adhere to this idea and grab a lot of money. In the meantime, those of us in the living world may soon get mind controllable robotic armsif we need a replacement.
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We also won’t have to wait until the 31st century for other inventions featured on the show. Social robots? These are already on their way. Last year, the creators of the robot Sophia announced that he (she?) would be mass-produced. What about flying cars? We have them now too, although they go by the more formal name “electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft”.
If you think Big Tech is big today, Futurama predicts an even greater Big Tech in the 31st century. Today, social media giants collect our data and use algorithms to monitor and even manipulate our actions. Of course, the same thing will happen in the 31st century, according to Futurama.
The show features a tech and toy company called MomCorp whose CEO uses his position and power to exert control over everything on the planet. In the episode “Attack of The Killer App” (first aired in 2010), Mom releases a virus called Twitform that takes over the mind of every internet user who crosses the one million social media following mark. . The virus ends up turning the main characters into mindless zombies who would do whatever Mom wants. In another episode titled “Mother’s Day”, Mom takes control of all robots on Earth and creates chaos by starting an uprising of robots against humans.
One of the most interesting features of Futurama this is how he deals with incredibly complex philosophical and ethical subjects. For instance, Futurama highlights both the good and bad sides of intelligent, autonomous robots. He asks the question: if humans can be both good and bad, then why not robots? Indeed, the robot named Bender can be a good friend, but he also enjoys stealing money, drinking alcohol, and having sex with robots, humans, and aliens. Again, it’s not just a wacky cartoon world. Sex robots are real. And sex tech is considered a $30 billion industry.
Every day, our real world gets closer to the fictional one depicted in Futurama. Fans of the show should be happy to hear that in February 2022, Hulu approved an all-new 20-episode season of Futurama. Good news everyone!