These Top 10 Futuristic movies shown on the “big screen” tried to give us a foretaste of what it will be like living in the future will be like. Films can be a paradise for the imagination. But have they always got it right? They were not always correct but still there have been many occasions that these movies surprised us by successfully predicting the advancement of technological changes in everything from automobiles, artificial intelligence, security, space travel, future life and even more. The creators of these movies in this infographic foresaw the technological advancement of the future even before anyone could think about it.
1. The Star Trek television series has always showcased mind-boggling technology that stretches the imagination. Apart from hyper-drives and tele-porters, however, the series has also surprisingly foreseen and portrayed many technologies and devices that have become common appliances. One such invention was tablet device. Picard holds iPad in this clip from Star Trek: TNG Season 6 episode 4, titled Relics.
2. The Back to the Future franchise got some things right and many things wrong, but one that falls into the former category is wearable computing. A device similar to Google glass appeared in the Back to the Future movie franchise. That’s right, Marty’ children are using devices that resemble Google Glass. So in the world of Back to the Future, Google Glass is invented ostensibly before the Internet.
3. In the underappreciated 1982 (Airplane II: The Sequel), there’s a scene where security agents monitor a body scanner in a futuristic airport. The joke is that the scanner shows the agents images of the passengers’ naked bodies as they pass through. Transportation Security Administration implemented the same scenario in airports (1992) and it wasn’t funny anymore. The government of USA asked the developers to replace the human body with a cartoon like dummy. Later it was removed from airports.
4. Adaptive braking and autonomous cruise control are already a reality for luxury cars. So in nearly 50 years, will cars reach full autonomy? The head of Stanford’s DARPA Urban Challenge team, which placed second in the driverless race, predicts self-driven cars by 2030. That deadline might feel a little tight, but 2054 is much more forgiving. Ford and Google have also jumped on the driver-less bandwagon by developing a car that takes over the steering wheel when you are about to crash, which is great news for drink drivers.
5. When we first saw Microsoft’s innovative multi-touch interface, Surface, The first thing that came in to our mind is “minority report”. And 3D displays, which were a key trend at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, are also on the verge of commercial viability. I’m not predicting a holographic, gesture-controlled computer in the near future. But if Surface is already available in 2007, it’s hard to imagine that we’ll be using mice and 2D monitors in 2030.
6. In the most famous trilogy Iron Man, Tony Stark controls the super intelligent computer named Jarvis with motion commands. This was a very exiting piece of concept how he managed to develop prototypes by using only motion controls. Since the first movie in 2008 it was a massive hit then in 2010, leap motion controller was introduced as product to the market.
7. The company iRobot who invented Roomba the vacuum robot was inspired by the movie star wars. When iRobot founders Helen Greiner and Colin Angle were kids, they each saw Star Wars, a film that would motivate them to change the world. The sexology influenced them so much that they created similar robots that were appeared in death star in star wars IV: New hope (1977).
8. HAL 9000 may be too smart for his own good. In the 60’s many AI researchers were extremely optimistic, predicting full machine sentience by the end of the millennium. But in the 40 years since the movie’s a space oddsy release, artificial intelligence has been a major disappointment. Yet recently when Apple introduced a clever and accurate voice recognition system called SIRI that recognizes your voice to respond with actions.
9. How many of you know/remember the 1985 movie Weird Science? For those of you that do not, it is a movie about 2 teenage boys creating a beautiful woman from a Barbie doll with the aid of some computer magic and some lightning. This was long back then when the 3D printing was not around. Now only production companies like SoftEther from Japan makes even 3D mannequins.
10. Man didn’t land on the moon until 1969, but 40 years prior (1929), the silent film Woman in the Moon showed what it might be like. There was a multi-stage rocket, media frenzy at the launch event, and a countdown leading up to the anticipated event.
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