It's just as well that the retro futures they told us were coming never happened. Case in point:
Imagine if kids had robots that they could order to carry them around. Makes the health problems that we see now look pretty mild, huh?
(Image from The Young Children's Encyclopedia Britannica, specifically the "robots" article. Pretty soon here I'll dig up some images from the "future" article, which are also pretty awesome. These are wonderful old books, especially for kids, and I remember them fondly from my childhood.)