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How Science Fiction Movies Have Influenced Technology

Sci-Fi’s Influence On Technology

Science fiction, by definition, is science that isn’t real. But looking beyond the fantastical elements there are some very innovative ideas, a lot of which have had a real influence on modern technology. Here are some examples:

  • Star Trek: The motion Picture predicted the Internet as embodied in the movie by the all-enveloping sentient machine ‘V’Ger’.
  • Ready Player One predicted VR technology and virtual workplaces.
  • Total Recall predicted self-driving cars.
  • iRobot predicted self-driving cars that would allow the driver to take over too.
  • Minority Report predicted interactive augmented reality now being commercialized as wearable pair of glasses.
  • Back to the Future predicted the self-tying shoes.

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Sci-Fi’s Influence On Technology

Science fiction, by definition, is science that isn’t real. But looking beyond the fantastical elements there are some very innovative ideas, a lot of which have had a real influence on modern technology. Here are some examples:

  • Star Trek: The motion Picture predicted the Internet as embodied in the movie by the all-enveloping sentient machine ‘V’Ger’.
  • Ready Player One predicted VR technology and virtual workplaces.
  • Total Recall predicted self-driving cars.
  • iRobot predicted self-driving cars that would allow the driver to take over too.
  • Minority Report predicted interactive augmented reality now being commercialized as wearable pair of glasses.
  • Back to the Future predicted the self-tying shoes.

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The Influence Of Sci-Fi On Real Technology

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Is a new method for designing technology that explores the futures that ordinary people would prefer. Design fictions are provocative and engage people, encouraging them to envision, explain and raise questions about the direction of future technology and society.

Design fictions are now being used in sectors ranging from health to defence tech forecasting, and even policy making. In this way, science fiction can be used as a tool to help design future societies and technologies, giving the public a say on it too.