The Legacy of Science Fiction

 

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
This is the century in which you can be proactive about the future; you don’t
have to be reactive. The whole idea of having scientists and technology is that
those THINGS YOU CAN ENVISION AND DESCRIBE CAN ACTUALLY BE BUILT”

Alan C. Kay

It’s staggering how much of what we do today is last generation’s science fiction:

  • Scuba Diving as imagined by Jules Verne in
    ‘20,000 Leagues under the Sea’ (1875)

  • Test Tube Babies as imagined by Aldous Huxley in
    ‘Brave New World’ (1932)

  • Robots as imagined by Karel Capek
    ‘Rossums Universal Robots’ (1920)

  • CCTV as imagined by George Orwell in
    ‘1984’ (1949)

  • The screensaver as imagined by Robert Heinlein in
    ‘Stranger in a strange land’ (1961)

  • The internet as imagined by Mark Twain in
    ‘Fromthe London Times 1904’ (1898)

  • The video ipod as imagined by HG Wells in
    ‘When the sleeper wakes’ (1899)

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