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.
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.
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.
It's been more than 30 years since "Star Wars" first exploded into theaters, but the swashbuckling sci-fi films from writer-director George Lucas have behind a legacy no other blockbuster has yet surpassed.
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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