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7 Futuristic Films That Got It Right January 25, 2010

Posted by bitchwantstea in Film / TV, Tech / Science.
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Sometimes we think the only reason we bother getting out of bed some times is with the hope that some genius out there might have invented a real-life Tardis.  It’s just a telephone box, fer feck’s sake!  How hard can it be to slap some on some time and space travelling technology?  And throw in a copy of David Tenant, while you’re at it.  We’d need him to, er… … drive the Tardis.  Yeah.

Anyway, the chaps over at www.mania.com have picked out 7 futuristic films that managed to predict – or shape – technology that we use, in some form, today.  Here’s what they selected:

  • Total Recall (1990) – Whole Body Scanning.  Now used in airports as we type!
  • Minority Report (2002) – Multi-Touch Interfaces. Apple iPhone, anyone?
  • Real Life (1979) The Running Man (1987) The Truman Show (1998) – Reality TV. Although considering the agonising pain that is watching the latest installation of Celebrity Big Brother, we’re not entirely convinced this is a good thing…
  • The Terminator (1984) – Unmanned, Intelligent Hunter-Killer Aircraft. Such as the MQ-9 Reaper, currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Americathon (1979) – The Geopolitical Milieu. Which successfully predicted increasing political debt, the collapse of the USSR, and adultery in the White House.
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Private Spacelight, Voiceprint ID. Richard Branson’s holidays in space, anyone?
  • The Star Trek series (1966-present) – Modern Technology. Including the ubiquity of computers, flip phones, and speech translation applications.

So what do you think could be added to this list, sci-fi fans?  Have you seen any films lately that could pave the way to technology of the future?



1. Matt Brock - January 26, 2010

1984 (1984), Brazil (1985), and various others to some extent – surveillance society (already in place), thoughtcrime (starting to happen as a result of some of Labour’s bizarre legislation), police state (starting to happen as a result of the above).

2. Matt Brock - January 29, 2010

Oh, and here’s another one – 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) also predicted the new Apple iPad: http://www.tuaw.com/2010/01/28/arthur-c-clarkes-2001-newspad-finally-arrives-nine-years-late/

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