Sit, Roll Over, Reboot

Andrew Sullivan —  Oct 24 2012 @ 9:53am

Matt Novak provides a short history of the robot dog. Here he focuses on a Jetsons episode featuring a robo-dog that is eventually rejected by the family:

In an effort to make the show relatable — to allow the people of 1962 to project themselves into the future along with the Jetson family — we spend most of the series not with robo-dogs but with Astro, a goofy and lovable dog that’s far more sympathetic than a cold metal canine. Like so many of the implicit promises of the Jetsons universe, this was an assurance to viewers of the 1960s that some wonderful technological changes would take place a hundred years hence, but your favorite cuddly things (like the family dog) will still be intact.