9 Amazing Technologies In Sci-Fi Films That Are Now A Reality

October 04, 2017

9 Amazing Technologies In Sci-Fi Films That Are Now A Reality

Sci-fi movies have one interesting feature: sometimes it happens that the authors’ fiction becomes a reality. Devices that used to be only the fantasy of screenwriters, directors, and writers are now densely integrated into our lives. Sometimes it's just amazing how accurately the films that were shot a few dozen years ago, predicted modern technology. In this article, we will recall only some of these fantastic films that in their ideas have managed to get ahead of time and to anticipate modern inventions.

Metropolis (1927)

What was predicted: video communication

In the beginning of 1927, on the screens appears the German sci-fi anti-dystopia Metropolis, which by today's standards amazes with its ideological scope. In addition to the concept of the city of the future that was not laid down in those years, the black and white, mute film directed by Fritz Lang unusually accurately demonstrates the devices of the distant future, the invention of which seemed impossible at that time. Thus, during the uprising of workers at one of the factories, the senior brigadier Grot reported this incident to tycoon Joh Fredersen on a device that was amazing at that time - a videophone. This was the appearance videophone of in cinema, and the videotelephony technology itself gained popularity only in recent years.

Fahrenheit 451 (1966)

What was predicted: interactive television, plasma panels

The screen adaption of Ray Bradbury's novel of the same name, filmed by the French director Francois Truffaut, shows us the world of the future, in which people burn paper books and live in houses with television walls that look like modern plasma panels. What the walls broadcast is nothing more than interactive television, a modern analogue to Smart TV. With this system, people can communicate with other people. This is not the concept of modern social networks. Of course, all this was first described in the Bradbury’s novel, but it was in the film adaptation that viewers could clearly see the world of the future.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

What was predicted: Tablets

The famous screen version of Arthur Clarke’s novel, filmed by no less famous director Stanley Kubrick, even today amazes with its quality of filming, becoming in a sense the standard of film fantasy. The film's title is intended to make a forecast for the beginning of the 21st century. Of course, much of the Space Odyssey never came true. So far, artificial intelligence cannot meaningfully communicate with a person in natural language, exactly, just as the manned flight to Jupiter and the construction of the lunar base remains a fantasy. However, there is a scene in the Space Odyssey, which became relevant only recently. For example, during the flight, the main characters-astronauts watch video on devices that are very similar to modern tablets. Several years ago, Samsung even filed a lawsuit against Apple, trying to prove that it is not the creator of the tablet design.

Blade Runner (1981)

What was predicted: voice control

At one time, Blade Runner was considered, according to scientists, the best sci-fi film. The events of the storyline take us to 2019 in Los Angeles. A city police officer, Rick Deckard begins searching for a group of cyborgs who escaped from space prison to Earth. Of course, for the time being, there are no armed cyborgs on the streets of the cities intending to capture the planet, but all the same, some authors of the movie were able to predict possible technologies. For example, in 2019, in Los Angeles, scanning on the retinal scan was actively used, and the main character controls complex equipment with the help of his voice.

Electric Dreams (1984)

What was predicted: a smart house

Very few people remember the movie Electric Dreams. This is not surprising: this fantastic melodrama has never been widely known and even failed at the box office. The film itself does not carry any deep idea, but there is one interesting feature in this movie. The main character lives in a house, which is now commonly called a smart home. It has everything. Automatic turning on the lighting, music that adapts to your mood, a refrigerator that orders products, interactive television and much more. The house represents a connected network of electrical appliances that are constantly up to date on your business and help you in every way in everyday life. Much of this film is fiction even today, but the concept of a smart home is very similar to the modern one.

They Live (1988)

What was predicted: augmented reality

Devices that work with AR technology no longer seem unusual now. Things were rather different 30 years ago. Such gadgets then would seem like futuristic curiosities. But already at that time, there were people with a rich imagination who thought about such high technologies. Among them were the creators of the movie They Live, which for the first time in the cinema demonstrated a prototype of augmented reality device. The protagonist wears sunglasses, which "complement" his life with zombie ads and strange alien creatures with skull-like faces, who without glasses appeared like ordinary humans.

Back to the Future II (1989)

What was predicted: biometric fingerprint identification

In this part of the sci-fi trilogy, the authors maximally tried not to limit their imagination and released a movie, in which almost every minute is stuffed with futuristic forecasts. Most of the predictions did not come true, but something became a reality. For example, recall how Jennifer Parker opens the entrance lock with the help of a fingerprint, or how Biff pays for a taxi, attaching his finger to a special device.

Now, such locks are installed in many homes, and fingerprint identification is used in many devices.

Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

What was predicted: Implantable electronics

In the cybernetic future, the most valuable commodity is information delivered by special “mnemonic couriers” in their brain. The protagonist Johnny Mnemonic is one of those couriers who erased all of his childhood memories in order to be able to store as much information as possible - 160 GB, which by today's standards, of course, is not enough. However, the film is interesting primarily in terms of implantation of electronics. Of course, these technologies are not very common these days, but now geeks can implant a RFID tag in their hands to open locks.

Minority Report (2002)

What was predicted: gesture control

Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report was filmed only 15 years ago, but, nevertheless, it is a vivid example of how fast modern technologies develop. This film, perhaps, can be called the most vivid demonstration of working with computers of the future. The main character John Anderton controls a large holographic display with the help of gestures of hands and touch. And this is if we take into account the fact that at that time all the displays were resistive. Eight years later, the Microsoft Kinect 3D gesture controller was introduced. Microsoft does not hide that it was Spielberg's film that inspired them to create the technology.