22 May How Science Fiction is Doing More Than Just Predicting the Future
There have been a handful of recent tech developments that are making our modern world feel increasingly like the future. The most high-profile of these developments is the Google Glass, a wearable computerized visor that aims to make technology that is merely “at your fingertips” seem old-fashioned. There is also a hologram boom. Everything from hologram keyboards to hologram stop signs and hologram rappers are getting the treatment. Having recently furnished an apartment, I’ve noticed that even everyday items look like they’re futuristic (see-through vacuums, sleek metal toasters, touch screen fridges, etc.).
So why do these inventions feel like the future? It’s because we’ve seen them before, in comic books, Star Wars, The Jetsons and other forms of science fiction. Science fiction helps shape what people expect from the future and companies are more than willing to introduce products that meet the public’s expectations. So fascinatingly, science-fiction is not only predicting, but also heavily influencing our future. If you see the new Star Trek movie this week, keep your eyes peeled, you might see Google’s next product.
– Chris Russ