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10 Sci-Fi Predictions from TV and Movies That Came True
Art inspires science and science often inspires art. This has never been more true than in science fiction films and television shows. Scientists who grew up watching Star Trek or Star Wars craft new gadgets inspired by the show's designs, and more often than not , those movie props took a note from the pages of innovative science.

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10 Examples Of Sci-Fi’s Tech Predictions

10 Examples Of Sci-Fi’s Tech Predictions
  1. The electronic tablet on 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  2. Insect-derived foodstuffs on Snowpiercer. Nowadays there are insect-based flour and protein bars.
  3. Smart home de...

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Many researchers acknowledge the role that science fiction has played in triggering their interest in science and inspiring breakthroughs. Even technology companies increasingly employ science fiction artists to explore potential new technologies and their social impact – also known as science fiction prototyping.

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What counts as a robot

When we're talking about robots taking people's jobs, we're speaking of automation.

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How automation will affect jobs

Low-skill jobs, where 70% of the responsibilities are predictable physical and cognitive tasks, are straightforward to automate, especially as automation technology becomes cheaper than paying a human to do the same job.

  • Outside an office environment: The jobs that will be affected are things like retail employees and warehouse workers.
  • Inside an office: Jobs vulnerable to automation are data entry, filing, and document review.

Work that is difficult to automate

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Economic metaphors

  • The Hunger Games gave us a neo-Depression dystopia where media-obsessed elites torment the starving lower classes.
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The dark side of science fiction

The “dark” kind of science fiction deals with the foundation of economics, which is scarcity. There is a fear that poverty will come faster as automation continues to devalue human labor.

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The original story and its continuation in the two sequels released in the 80s had limited computer graphics technology, which eventually became better in the 90s. The Director, George Lucas, then released three ‘prequels’ which had better technology and visual effects, though the story wasn’t in the same league.

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Humanities

Our ability to make sense of the world is our biggest asset. While artificial intelligence is good at repetitive tasks, humans are good at discovering creative solutions. 

  • A liberal arts education might be the best antidote to automation. Studying art, philosophy, history, sociology, psychology, and neuroscience could help young people to have a broad range of knowledge that they can use to direct artificial intelligence.
  • Nurturing creative thinking will help prepare your child for the future.

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