Whether science fiction can predict future technology is not a big deal. Science fiction can predict the future judging from what we know from the past and the present day.
Today the line between predicting the future and creating it has become even thinner than ever before.
The big question is when will it become more common for future technology to predict new technologies of the future?
Techsuite may have gotten the answer in web development in NYC but we have seen science fiction of the recent past decades become reality in the technologies that we use today and now it is almost like anything can happen.
A post in Inc.com summarises the situation better with this quote that, “History has proven that science fiction hasn’t just predicted the future, it’s shaping it.”
A look at top 5 science fiction predictions that become future technologies
- 3D Printing: ‘Star Trek’ inspired 3D printing of food and everyday objects. Even the looks the toughest one you could imagine, 3D food printing is believed to be possible.
- Radio Broadcast: In 1889 Verne predicted that people would one day listen to news instead of just reading the newspaper. In 1921, 32 years after Verne’s prediction, daily radio broadcast became a reality.
- 3D Holograms: In 2017, Euclideon, an Australian company reportedly made the first of what they called multi-user hologram table. This would allow up to four people to interact with the hologram at once using motion-tracking glasses.
The Euclideon’s Hollographics Table is here now and it is only a matter of time and business factors till it will be in widespread application.
Potentially a multimillion-dollar invention, it was inspired by the original 1977 Star Wars movie.
- Snow Crash: Book published in 1992, actually inspired by the success of Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web would later be an inspiration for modern tech players like Google and Facebook. Snow Crash is a must-read for those working in virtual reality and future innovation.
- Artificial Intelligence: Did you know that AI sci-fi story inspired what was to be the success of the Internet from Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s HTTP proposal in 1989? The quote from the story, ‘Crossing the critical threshold of number of neurons,’ about “the point where enough computers get connected together,” that the whole system “started to breathe, think, react autonomously”, was to be an important turning point.
Presently, AI is helping in predicting almost everything we can imagine in the future of tech innovations and it is itself a product of past science fiction. Recent works in AI’s natural language processing, NLP are performing very well at writing stories.
In fact, expert’s prediction that AI will write a best seller by 2049 may not be as startling to many people! You may not already know, but notable media organizations now use AI to generate content. It could be argued that artificial intelligent agents can grow to the point where they will actually become autonomous and even predict future technologies just as it is being applied in creating content.
Interestingly, it seems to take a shorter time for science fictional works to become reality as we go into the future. The implication is that what would have been seen as a prediction in the past, today, will be just another tech project proposal.
Technology happens fast now that it even may be challenging science fiction writers to push the limits of prediction. The good news is that technology can assist with this but the implications on normal life may not be pleasant to many people.