The Simpsons strike again with their ability to foresee future events, making their 2024 predictions even more captivating. As the clock struck midnight on the new year, the iconic animated series once again showcased its uncanny knack for glimpsing into the future. From robot takeovers to presidential runs, The Simpsons’ eccentric predictions have a tendency to mirror reality a bit too closely. This time around, they might have hit the nail on the head with some eerily accurate projections. Let’s delve into 10 of their wildest forecasts and see if Springfield’s crystal ball holds any surprises for the upcoming year.
The Simpsons Predictions 2024
1. Trump’s 2024 Presidential Bid
On November 15, 2022, Donald Trump, the former U.S. President seeking a return to power, officially declared his candidacy for the 2024 elections. Interestingly, a 2015 Simpsons episode titled ‘BART To the Future’ showcased a sign reading ‘Trump 2024,’ predating his presidency.
2. AI Takeover
The impact of Artificial Intelligence on various global sectors has resulted in widespread job losses. In a Season 23 episode, Homer Simpson loses his job to robots, reflecting the real-world shift towards increased AI usage.
3. Female Presidency
The ‘Back to the Future’ episode portrays Lisa as the first female U.S. President. Some viewers speculate that this mirrors Kamala Harris’s rise, raising curiosity about the possibility of another female contender winning the presidency.
4. Virtual Reality Dining
Homer and Marge’s virtual dining experience from a 2000s episode is reminiscent of the rise of VR dining, like Aero Banquets RMX. Could 2024 be the year we see a convergence of virtual and real-life culinary adventures?
5. Mars Colonization
Lisa Simpson’s journey to Mars in one episode aligns with real-world aspirations of colonizing Mars, notably driven by figures like Elon Musk.
6. Baby Translator
In Episode 24 of Season 3, a baby translator is depicted as a humorous concept. However, a Swiss company named Zoundream has actually developed a device claiming to translate a baby’s voice.
7. Black Hole Insights
A 2013 episode, ‘Treehouse of Horror 23,’ humorously delves into the power of black holes. As real-world exploration of black holes progresses, 2024 is anticipated to bring exciting new discoveries.
8. Hologram Technology
Bart receives a hologram message in one episode, showcasing The Simpsons’ prediction of advancements in hologram technology, which has indeed seen significant progress in recent years.
9. Zombie Apocalypse
A Simpsons episode introduces a zombie twist, where Krusty the Clown’s sandwich turns an anchor into a zombie. With a surge in post-apocalyptic thrillers, this prediction adds a satirical touch to the show’s foresight.
10. World War 3
A pre-regular show episode from 1987 featured Homer pranking his family about World War III. Interestingly, today, the possibility of a third world war seems more tangible than ever.
11. Simpsons Predict Virtual Reality with Apple Vision Pro
In Season 28, Episode 2 of “The Simpsons,” titled “Friends and Family,” Mr. Burns introduces a virtual reality family experience to combat his loneliness, employing the Simpson family to play the roles of his virtual relatives. This episode, airing in 2016, features headsets reminiscent of Apple’s recent Vision Pro launch, prompting discussions about whether the show predicted the technology or its mere coincidence. Beyond the gadget parallels, the episode delves into themes of social connection, escapism, and ethical concerns surrounding immersive technology, showcasing the show’s ability to reflect societal anxieties and aspirations with humor and insight.