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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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.
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 cars is the company Waymo. In 2017, NASA stated its intention to help in the production of driverless cars as it could improve technologies of robotic vehicles on other planets.
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 entanglement.
“Sci-fi movies, shows or stories do provide an inspiration for the foremost and upcoming human-computer interaction challenges of our time, for example through the discussion of shape-changing interfaces, implantables or digital afterlife ethics.”
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.
Arthur C Clarke arguably did more than any other author since HG Wells and Jules Verne to catapult his mind into the future, taking a vast global readership along with him for the invariably wild ride.
As a science writer, he conjured up the idea of a ‘personal transceiver’ small enough to be carried about, enabling contact with anyone in the world and also featuring global positioning, making getting lost a thing of the past. That essay was written back in 1959, and what he was essentially describing was the mobile phone.
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