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Cinematic Imagination that Predicted the Future: Technology


Albert Einstein stated, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution."

Without imagination, technology, space, medicine, genetics, etc wouldn't advance because we couldn't imagine the possibilities. What good would knowledge be if our imagination didn't allow us to explore it?

We share our imagination through stories, art, music, and movies. Attending Comicon and watching the Academy Awards this past weekend made me realize how powerful Mr. Einstein's words are.

Multiple movies have inspired and "predicted" the advancement in technology and science dating back to Metropolis in 1927. Which others have gotten it right? Find out in our Cinematic Imagination that Predicted the Future two-part series where we look at technology and science that has turned into reality.

Blade Runner (1982)

The first Blade Runner, set in 2019, featured video phones, voice command technology, flying cars, artificial intelligence, and sex robots. Yes, robots that took over prostitution and sexual companionship. We are only one year away from the predicted future, robot prostitutes don't roam the streets, but sexual robotic love making is actually a thing. You won't be able to meet a robot in the bar, but you can buy one for only $10,000. Hmmm... correct, robot prostitution does exist.

True Companion released the first sex robots that converse, respond to touch, and perform movements such as hip thrusts. They are fully customizable right down to down under. Recently they released a male version targeting women looking to fulfill those lonely nights.

But the buck doesn't stop there. Realbotix is in beta phase of an anatomically correct sex doll featuring an animatronic talking head with a programmable personality and memory, much like the robots of HBO's Westworld. The idea may seem abnormal right now, but times are a changin. Forty-nine percent of adults believe sex with robots will be common in the next 50 years and even more believe human to robot marriage will be legal by 2050.

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Back to the Future II (1989)

Marty and Doc Brown continued their time travel adventures in part 2 of the trilogy traveling to October 21, 2015. When the clock struck that date in the real word, products featured in the movie such as fingerprint recognition, hands-off games, 3D movies, and smart homes, companies took full advantage of its 30th anniversary to advertise. Others companies revealed concept products that fans may look forward to in the future. Over two years later, these conceptions have been placed in the consumer market. 

The hoverboard was maybe the most demanded creation since the movie was released. Today, the demand has been met with flying hoverboards zipping around the market, but still cost a pretty penny.

Viscosity Sports  is widely known for its hovering personal water craft collection. Even though Marty's couldn't fly over water, Viscosity created a BTF inspired hoverboard edition. It's been discounted but still available online for around $5,000.

Arcaboard hovers across land and water up to 1 feet and 12.5 mph for 3 or 6 minutes depending on the model for only $14,900… that's around $2500 per minute if anyone's counting.

Self-Tying Shoes
Another thing the children of the next generation won't have to learn - tying their shoes. Last year Nike released its Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 with adaptive lacing. Simply step into the shoe, and it will conform to your lacing and fit preferences probably faster than your two hands can. It's been released in featured color phases, selling out everytime. The next round will be this month in "Black/White" and "Triple White" online and select stores for $720.

Fuel Powered Cars
Doc's car, the Delorean was powered by garbage in the movie and technically Toyota's Mirai is as well. Hydrogen can be created from waste, which is the abundant element that fuels this car. Hydrogen is converted into electricity that powers the car without any harmful emissions. They don't have to be charged because no battery is used. Instead, it only takes 5 minutes to fill the 312-mile tank at a hydrogen station just like gasoline for around $70.

As of now, Toyota Mirai is available only in California due to the limited availability of hydrogen stations. It's priced at $57,500, which includes 3 years of complimentary fuel.

Self-Drying Jacket
If you don't have to worry about tying your shoes, why should have to worry about your jacket being wet? Falyon Wearable Tech' SDJ-02 jacket is taken right from Marty McFly's back with some extra bonuses. The inspired design includes heating + cooling modes, a USB port for charging mobile devices, and air amplifiers that dries the jacket if it gets wet from rain or any other way for under $200.

Demolition Man (1993)

Set in year 2032, this sci-fi action movie debuted No. 1 at the box office and became a worldwide hit. Most of their predictions were the same as other sci-fi movies, but there were some unique items ahead of their 1993 time.

Body implants
In the movie, body implants were used for identification, medical tracking and a virtual wallet. Medical implants are currently used today to track pacemakers and insulin levels, and we do have a virtual wallet via our cell phone, which is always pretty much attached to our bodies anyways.

Virtual Sex
Due to a severe STD outbreak, sex was outlawed in the movie so the only way to get frisky was to virtually have sex with each other. Can you do that today? Yep. There are multiple programs that allow you to fraternize with a made-up character or a real human from any location.

Stallone and Snipes were sentenced to a state of frozen incarceration known as "CryoPrison." They were thawed 30 years later to be brought back to life with not aging even a day. No, we can't bring people back to life - yet. However, cryotherapy has become quite popular. People are going into chambers in freezing temperature that is supposed to help with pain, weight loss and anti-aging. There's definitely controversy around it, and it's not FDA approved so think about that before you get down to your birthday suit and freeze yourself. demolition man future predication

Minority Report (2002)

In 2002, Tom Cruise showed us the concept of augmented reality. The action futuristic crime thriller shows us life in 2054, where the world is basically crime free. Crime reports are driven by AR and 3 psychics named "precogs" that are creepily held in police custody to predict murders before they happen. I'm not aware of any precogs out there, but AR is booming. Programs such as personally targeted advertising, virtually mapping, and geo-targeting is popping up everywhere. 

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I-Robot (2004)

Will Smith is no stranger to playing lead roles in future and sci-fi movies, and in I, Robot he does a damn good job. The times are a lot different in 2035 in Chicago compared to 2032 in Demolition Man. Instead of focusing on virtual and augmented reality, this one focuses on another trend for 2018. You guess it... robots. Everybody whose everybody has a robot in their very own home and they can do any job. We are so there - almost. We have the robot butler, robot cop that debuted in Dubai last year, robot dogs, and the list goes on.

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The new Sony Aibo that premiered at CES 2018

Stay tuned for part two of this blog where we explore the scientific future against featured films predictions.

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