It used to be that the sci-fi technology shown in films and TV series were purely imagined without any chance of its use being plausible. However, this is no longer the case with some of these gadgets becoming reality. Take for example the “Replicator” which was featured in the Star Trek series. This sort of technology is now reality in the form of 3-D printers. Of course, this is not the only gadget to be actually used today.
This gadget has long been a feature of sci-fi movies especially where the problem of being able to communicate with aliens existed. With this device, aliens could speak English bridging the communication gap between the two worlds. The concept appeared in several movies including Doctor Who and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Of course, today with the internet and the multitude of translation devices, this is reality. Sites like Babelfish and Google Translate perform the desired task. Although we still haven’t come face to face with a space alien!
Today, we all are familiar with Siri, Cortana and Alexa to name a few. These forms of artificial intelligence live within our technological devices waiting to be beckoned. Surprisingly this concept was developed before it could be put into practice. Many sci-fi films of the past featured various forms of artificial intelligence that were activated by voice commands. Sound familiar? For instance, in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the A.I. in this movie, HAL 9000 controls the spacecraft. Who would have thought that the same idea would control many aspects of our daily life?
Another device that was featured in 2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Trek episodes was an electronic clipboard which resemble what first was released as the iPad. Another similarity is the name, as the device was referred to as PADD, Personal Access Display Device.
As sci-fi movies continue to captivate moviegoers around the world, what dreamed up devices today will become tomorrow’s reality?