Futuristic Technology That Were Accurately Predicted in Films

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Technology is everywhere, in fact, it’s impossible to imagine our world without it now. From the mobile phones in our hands to the machines we use at home in G Residence Kuchai Lama and Seni Mont Kiara Kuala Lumpur, there is no escaping this digital reality. It is no wonder that the Sci-Fi genre is raging at the box office, as
we are able to showcase different dimensions in space, imagine dystopian cities, and create realistic robots that look almost lifelike through CGI, all of which was earlier not possible. If you are a sports fan, then you probably won’t like this article at all.

Although films from the pre-digital era end up looking corny in comparison to the present, some of these old gems provide inspiration for new forms of inventions and end up closely predicting some of the technology used today in our apartments like G Residen, Seni Mont Kiara and Pantai Hillpark. Here we discuss some of the movie technology along with their real-life counterparts.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey envisioned what life for humans would look like 33 years in the future, and an astounding number of predictions the film made about technology ring true more than 50 years later since its release. Stanley Kubrick’s classic narrates the story of a voyage through space that gets disrupted when the Discovery One spaceship’s supercomputer HAL 9000 suffers from an internal malfunction and starts to showcase feelings of hostility that are in contrast to its original settings.

The highly intelligent computer is capable of performing tasks such as speech recognition, natural language processing, lip reading, interpreting emotional behaviours and playing chess among others, a lot of which A.I are capable of doing today but was not deemed plausible back in 1968. In fact, the biggest criticism of HAL was that it would not have been possible for the computer to supposedly exist 19 years ago. Moreover, the film also predicted the concept of video calling, which of course is possible now thanks to applications such as FaceTime and Skype.

Back to the Future Part II (1989)

Back to the Future Part II famously depicted Michael J. Fox’s character Marty McFly time travel 26 years in the future to the year 2015. The film proved to be groundbreaking in terms of visual effects, digital compositing along with the most accurate portrayal of current technology. The most interesting aspect however, was that most of these inventions were directly inspired from the movie itself.

Among these included self-tying Nike shoes that were featured in the film, and an exact replica called Nike MAG was released as a limited edition design by the company in 2011 and 2016. The movie also introduced the concept of wearable tech, and home entertainment items such as voice-controlled televisions, which are now commonly found in our own homes at G Residence Kuala Lumpur, buy property Seni Mont Kiara KL, and Pantai Hillpark condo with Smart TVs.

Moreover, it featured hoverboards that caused all the rage. Several tech companies over the years attempted to create their own versions. The closest, however, is a Kickstarter project known as the Hendo, which is possibly the world’s first working hoverboard. The future is here.

Darkman (1990)

This 1990 cult classic stars Liam Neeson as Peyton Westlake, a scientist who is working on developing synthetic skin for burn victims, but is brutally attacked, disfigured and left for dead by a cruel mobster. After a treatment goes awry, Westlake develops superhuman abilities that leave him mentally unstable. The film is credited for its use of futuristic medical technology that is central to the story. Westlake is able to successfully develop synthetic skin which allows him to reconstruct his face in the aftermath of his attack.

In this way, the film accurately predicts 3-D printing technology, that has now become a reality three decades later with bioprinting, through which we can create skin transplants for serious injuries as well as other working organs and prosthetic limbs.

Minority Report (2002)

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The 2002 Tom Cruise star Minority Report showcases a pre-crime analysis technology, which makes it possible for police officers to catch criminals before they commit a crime. Set against a dystopian backdrop in the year 2054, the film’s depiction of futuristic technology is actually quite accurate. The reason being that director Steven Spielberg consulted computer scientists, Sci-Fi authors, tech enthusiasts and philosophers in order to make his vision come alive.

As a result, the film accurately predicted much of the technology used today such as retina scanners, electronic papers, and multi-touch interfaces. The holographic 3-D computer with motion sensors used by Cruise’s character John Anderton to browse through clues in mid-air using a set of gloves that resembles a multi-touch interface, paved way for the future of augmented and virtual reality. Minority Report can also be credited for accurately predicting surveillance technology such as the kind used by NSA PRISM.

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