Sunday, March 31, 2013
31 March 2013
Ewan McGregor b. 1971
Lucille Bliss b. 1916 died 8 November 2012
Lucille Bliss, who died last November, is probably the second most famous female voice actress ever, slightly behind the wonderful June Foray. Ms. Bliss is best known as the voice of Smurfette and Crusader Rabbit way back in the day, though my favorite work of hers is as Ms. Bitters on Invader ZIM, one of the best children's TV cartoons of this century.
Ice Age: The Meltdown released, 2006
Life in Los Angeles... in 2013!
Prediction: Most of the housework will be done by robots and robotic pets will be commonplace.
Predictor: L.A. 2013, an article written by Nicole Yorkin in The Los Angeles Times Magazine, published 3 April 1988
Reality: Except for the Roomba, robot help really hasn't materialized. In the article, a country and western singing robot named Billy Rae is constantly screwing things up and annoying Alma, the woman of the house in Yorkin's story. And as for robotic pets, the Tamagotchi craze is really the closest we got to this and it didn't last.
The whole idea that we are rational actors economically doesn't always work, but eventually the concept of cost effectiveness does sink in. Robots are good at some stuff, but the expense is high so that the cost only makes sense if they are going to do a LOT of work, which means they are still primarily on assembly lines.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
We get another glimpse into the wonderful technological future as predicted by Popular Mechanics in the middle of last century.
Join me then... IN THE FUTURE!