“The Simpsons” is a popular television show which has been on the air for more than 30 years. In its 30 years of existence the show has presented various storylines that have turned into popular with fans, including a few that were based on technological aspects. Although many of these technology-related episodes were designed to be satirical or parody but some of the ideas that were presented on the show have become real. Here, we’ll look at the five Simpsons predictions that were later realized as technology.
In the episode of season six “Lisa’s Wedding,” which premiered back in the year 1995. In it, viewers can see Lisa’s fiancé wearing a smartwatch which can take phone calls, monitor emails and play music. In the early days, this idea was still an unrealized dream However, fast-forward to modern day and we have an array of models and brands available out there that accomplish all those functions and more. For instance Apple Watch, the Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch as well as the Fitbit Versa are all popular smartwatches offering features that are similar to those seen on “Lisa’s Wedding.”
In the episode of season two “Lisa’s Substitute,” which was broadcast in 1991, the class of Lisa communicates with the substitute teacher via video calls. In the early days the technology was not yet in use however, with the introduction of webcam technology as well as internet tools for communication such as Skype and Zoom video calls are now commonplace throughout the 20th century. Particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic video calls have evolved into an essential device for remote working in social isolation.
In the episode of season six “Bart’s Girlfriend,” which airs in 1994, Bart composes a love note to his lover, but the letter is muddled and unintelligible because of the use of an earlier version of the autocorrect software. Today, we have autocorrect for granted as it’s a standard feature of devices and smartphones, helping us write faster and more precisely.
In the episode from season 11 “Beyond Blunderdome,” which ran in 1999 the Simpsons visit a studio and are confronted by the futuristic home which can be controlled with voice commands. Although it may have appeared like science fiction in the past but today intelligent homes have become increasingly popular. devices like Amazon Echo, Google Home along with Apple HomePod allow us to control the various elements of the home, like the temperature and lighting as well as security with voice commands.
In the episode of season six “And Maggie Makes Three,” that aired in the year 1995. Homer goes to a security department and is caught by a facial recognition system that mistakenly believes he is an wanted criminal. While face recognition technology was still in its infancy in the 90s however, it has progressed rapidly and is employed for a variety of applications. For instance, it can be employed to unlock smartphones and detect the suspects involved in criminal investigation and also to monitor public areas to ensure security.
In the end, “The Simpsons” has been a television show that has kept audiences entertained for more than three decades through its humorous commentary of modern-day life. But, it also hinted at what the technology of tomorrow will be in its plots. A smartwatch with video call, smart homes, autocorrect and facial recognition are some examples of technology that are now a reality despite being previously thought of as science fiction. It’s fascinating to observe how a show could have an impact on pop culture. It is also fascinating to consider the other possibilities that could become reality in the near future.