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Welcome to the future: ideas that went from science fiction to reality

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Science fiction a medium for futuristic fantasy

Many technologies are no longer part of the imagination thanks to the world of science fiction.

Some of the creative inventions featured in movies like "Back to the Future" and "Total Recall" are at the forefront of modern technology.

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Star Trek  - Communicators

  • The mobile phone. In Star Trek, the communicator was often used to communicate back to the USS Enterprise. In 1973, the first mobile phone was invented by Martin Cooper.
  • The universal translator. To understand galactic foreigners, Star Trek charact...

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Star Trek - Teleportation

The idea of "beaming" someone up was that a person could be dematerialised and then converted back into matter at their destination.

Although scientists can't teleport humans yet, they can teleport balls of energy known as photons. Teleportation is based on a phenomenon known as quantum en...

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Star Wars - Holograms and bionic limbs

  • A hologram: As seen in the first Star Wars movie, a hologram is a 3D image made from the interference of light beams from a laser onto a 2D surface. In 2018, researchers created a real hologram. At present, it can only be done on a very small scale.
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Blade Runner - Digital Billboards and artificial intelligence (AI)

  • In Blade Runner, a huge digital billboard appears on one of the buildings. This pre-internet concept inspired Andrew Phipps Newman, the CEO of DOOH.com. The company is dedicated to providing live, dynamic advertisements through the use of digital billboards.
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2001: A Space Odyssey - Space stations and Tablets

  • In 2001: A Space Odyssey, a Space Station is orbiting Earth. Here the astronauts can move around in microgravity. The Space Station V gave inspiration for the International Space Station (ISS), which has been orbiting Earth since 1998.
  • Tablets

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Back to the Future - Hoverboards

Back to the Future, Part II presents a hoverboard that Marty McFly "borrows" to escape.

The first real hoverboard was created in 2015 by Arx Pax. The company invented the Magnetic Field Architecture (MFA) that provides levitation of a hoverboard.

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Total Recall - Driverless cars

In the 1990 film set in 2084, the main protagonist Douglas Quaid is on the run from the enemy and jumps into a driverless car.

The idea that a car can take you to your destination using its onboard satellite navigation is becoming popular. At the forefront of driverless ca...

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