Influence of Star Wars

Influence of Star Wars

It's been more than 30 years since the first "Star Wars."

The cultural influence of the Star Wars Films, novels, comics, television shows, games, toys, and documentaries has been so great that over 390,000 people stated their religion as Jedi.

Star Wars also showed that merchandising could make even more money than the movies do.

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  • During the cold war, Ronald Reagan created the Strategic Defense Initiative and aimed to use ground and space-based weapons to help protect the United States from attack by nuclear missiles. Critics referred to it as "Star Wars."
  • Bionic hands like the ones of the heroes and villains in "Star Wars" are now used by amputees.
  • Weapons and robots from "Star Wars" are becoming a reality.
  • Even the Death Star is starting to appear. A former chief technology officer for Microsoft showed his "Death Star" bug zapper to shoot down mosquitoes in flight.

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The first movie of the blockbuster franchise, retroactively titled as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, exploded into the movie theatres in 1977. It became a global cultural phenomenon and gave birth to a pop-culture empire, which included sequels, prequels, books, comics, games, TV series and even radio shows.

The franchise also affected real-world space technology in numerous ways.

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 devices on the 1999 Disney film Smart House. In the film, a house is run by a robot that can perform most of the functions a digital assistant like Alexa does today.
  4. Personalized adverts on Minority Report. The movie had Billboards that identified the passersby and targeted adverts towards them, much like search engines and some actual billboards do today.
  5. Autonomous cars on Total Recall. The movie had driverless cabs not very different from the ones we have today.
  6. Autonomous military vehicles on Short Circuit. Although we are still far behind on the AI part the rest is already available to the military.
  7. Human-looking androids on Metropolis.
  8. Video conferencing/calling on Aliens or Bladerunner.
  9. Mobile phones/Smartwatches on Star Trek.
  10. Wearable technology on Back to the Future Part II. The movie had "smart eyewear" that resembles modern head-mounted virtual reality devices

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