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The Fantasies Of The Future That Actually Made It Here9 min read

January 11, 2021 5 min read

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The Fantasies Of The Future That Actually Made It Here9 min read

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At several points in our lives, we all imagine worlds, ideas, and objects that don’t exist. Whether it’s a dream about teleporting during the lockdown or time-travelling out of it, the fantasies never stop. In fact, sometimes, authors and filmmakers even visualize these futuristic fantasies and share them with the world. These visualisations become science fiction and through it, the viewer is transported into a world of dreams and ideas. However, when the film or book comes to an end, so does the fantasy.

But, If you wait long enough, that futuristic fantastic dream might just become a reality! Yup, those exam-taking microchips, and hardworking brain implants are on their way, all you have to do is be patient. And, while you dwell in your patience, let’s take a look at some fictional dreams that eventually materialized.

The Flip Phone

Imagined in 1966; Made its way into reality in 1995
Image:Space.com

The science fiction community’s most popular film series’ are probably Star Wars and Star Trek. In the original Star Trek series that ran between 1966 and 1969, the characters used communicators. These communicators are small phone-like talking gadgets that are uncannily similar to the flip phones that were invented in the 1990s. A whole 30 years later! It is important to note that before 1973 the mobile phone was unheard of, it hadn’t yet been invented by Motorola’s Martin Cooper.

A trip to the Moon

Imagined in 1865; Made its way into reality in 1969
From the Earth to the Moon - Wikipedia
The cover of Jules Verne’s futuristic book

Jules Verne, the prolific writer, is often hailed as the father of science fiction, and you’ll soon see why.

His book, From the Earth to the Moon, imagined a rocket’s journey to the moon an entire 104 years prior to humans’ first-ever trip to the moon. But, a journey to our moon isn’t all Verne predicted, he even predicted several specific details including the shape of the Apollo 11 spacecraft! Here is a list of everything Verne predicted accurately in his novel:

  • The United States will be the first country to send its people to the moon.
  • When we travel to the moon, we will be weightless or traveling at zero gravity
  • The number of men in the crew will be three
  • The shape and size of the spacecraft that would be sent up with Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon.
  • We will watch the launch through a telescope
  • The technology used by the rocket to push the spacecraft out of the atmosphere and into space.
  • Lastly, the spacecraft will splashdown in the Pacific Ocean. Apollo 11 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean in July of 1969, one hundred and four years after the initial publishing of Jules Verne’s FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON!
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Flying at Zero Gravity in the tunnel of a spacecraft. Image: US National Archives via GIPHY

That’ll be the most unusual position a cameraman’s ever had, hanging by his toes from a tunnel and taking the picture upside down.

Neil Armstrong expresses his amusement at clicking a picture from the zero-gravity environment of a spacecraft

Biometrics

Imagined in 1989; Made its way into reality by 2015

Expectations vs. Reality: How Accurate Was Back to the Future's Depiction  of 2015? - RedFlagDeals.com
A character from the movie pays for his taxi with fingerprinImage: GIPHY

In the second part of the wildly popular Back to the Future series, Marty McFly and his uncle time travel to 2015. While time-travelling was far from the reality of 2015, some of the movie’s predictions were uncannily accurate. The movie accurately predicted the invention and use of hoverboards and video calls, and some fans state even foresaw major events such as the 9-11 attacks. But the most fascinating and eye-popping foresight was the use of biometric security.

The lead character in the film who time travelled forward to the year 2015, uses a fingerprint sensor to pay for his cab. Another time a fingerprint sensor is used by someone to enter their home. Now, we use fingerprint sensors to enter our phones, to pay for apps and items that we buy online, and even to enter our homes and classrooms!

A space station, digital tablets, and an alien monolith?

Imagined in 1968; Made its way into reality in and before 2020

Samsung says 2001: A Space Odyssey invented the tablet, not Apple - CNET
Astronauts from the film use digital tablets while sitting in a space station. Image:CNET

Now here is yet another movie that didn’t simply accurately predict one facet of the future. This movie made several predictions that continue to come true. 2001: A Space Odyssey foresaw digital tablets like the iPad, space stations, and believe it or not giant metal pieces sent down by aliens. Well, sort of.

2020 will always be remembered as a year that was ravaged by a pandemic, but it will also be remembered as the year the aliens could have touched down. A series of shiny metal rectangular monoliths embedded in the ground had people caught by surprise. People were instantly drawn to forces from beyond this planet, especially since an almost identical magical monolith was featured in this film. Of course, there could be more rational explanations, but it’s worth noting we still don’t know who placed the monoliths!

Well, there is no denying that all these predictions were awe-inspiring? The big question of course remains: Did the world’s greatest inventors get their ideas from science fiction? Could it be that even if you aren’t a tech wizard or scientist, you could still invent the world’s finest technology? So, go on start dreaming, but before you do play this fun game to delve deeper into the magic of fiction.

With Excerpts From: CNN, NASA,Space.com, The New York Times, Biometricupdate.com, Scientific American

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