Science fiction has always been a way to look into the potential and varied futures of the human race. In 1941, the word “robotics” was first penned by writer Isaac Asimov. Over 70 years later, Asimov’s once fictional idea embodies a multibillion dollar industry. What began as the musings of writers on the future of technology, science, and mankind, have become the bleeding-edge of technological development. To show the bridge between fiction and reality, the people at Glow new Media put together an infographic covering 50 years technology in film.
For each film the graphic compares the vision of the movie to the technology it predicted—Star Trek communicators can be compared to smartphones, Minority Report used drones and remote sensors, and Star Wars used 3D targeting systems and intelligent robots.
For every successful connection between vision and reality, there are many more failings. We don’t live in a Jetsons future of jetpacks and flying cars, but those visions still guide the progress we make. Not all fictional technology becomes real, but imagining a world beyond our current limits shows us a future worth building.