Science fiction is a popular genre with fans all over the world. One of the aspects of science fiction that make it so popular is the presence of futuristic technology which captivates the imagination of the audience. Some of these technologies found in sci-fi have actually inspired their development for use in real life.
In 1953, when Ray Bradbury published his classic novel, Fahrenheit 451, he alluded to “little seashells” that provided an “electric ocean of sound. Today, we know these “little seashells” as ear buds. The idea for this gadget actually prompted development years before ear buds became commonly used. It wasn’t until 2000 when Apple decided to provide ear buds with their iPod that the technology began to take off.
The 2001 sci-fi thriller, “Minority Report”, provided us with a glimpse into the future of technology. When the police chief is standing before a wall of computer screens using hand gestures to control the displays, audience were definitely wowed at this idea. Over a decade later, this has come to fruition as augmented reality in items such as Google Glass. Some industries are beginning to explore the applications for AR while in military, AR is already being used for training purposes.
The concept of video calling is actually not new but first appeared in the 1968 release of “2001: A Space Odyssey”. The film rather nailed their prediction of this future technology as it is being used for a variety of purposes today. In 2003, Skype was launched just two years behind the film’s setting. Businesses can now have video conferences with colleagues around the world saving on travel expenses. Video calls have been also used by consumers to keep in touch with loved ones around the world.
With so many of today’s technology being predicted by movies, it will be interesting to see what other technologies become reality.