Big Brother, is that you? The scary thing about sci-fi isn’t the future it paints, but just how many things it gets right. True, there might not be robots exactly like they were featured in numerous books and movies, but overall a lot of science fiction authors and screenwriters have nailed it. The good news is that, utopia or dystopia, that means we’re given a fair shakedown of what to expect. Knowledge is power and preparation fodder.
It’s important to also remember that sci-fi predictions coming true isn’t always a bad thing. There are many ways technology is making life better and more efficient. We haven’t been overtaken by terminators or have the government tracking every part of our lives (yet). Here are a few things the world of sci-fi got right and what that means for our future:
- We all live in electric submarines
The idea of an electric submarine was first mentioned in 1870 by author James Verse in “20,000 Leagues Under the Scene.” Ninety years later, in 1960, it became a reality.
- Mars’ two moons
Today, everyone knows that Mars has two moons but that wasn’t always the case. It was first suggested by author Jonathan Swift in 1735 in his book “Gulliver’s Travels,” but wasn’t confirmed until 1877, which was 142 years later.
- Please leave your message…
The technology that separates answering machines and voicemail is huge. It was first written about by HG Wells in “Men Like Gods” in 1924 but didn’t come true until 1980, 57 years later.
- A Pill That Boosts Your Mood
If you think about it, antidepressants are truly mind boggling things. The idea of a mood improving drug made by man was first penned by Aldous Hexley in “Brave New World” back in 1932, and became truth in 1950 when antidepressants were first available to the masses.
- Everyone wants to be a cyborg
Bionic limbs were used as plot material for Martin Caidin’s “Cyborn” in 1972, but the first successful bionic leg implant took place in 2013. It took 41 years for this sci-fi legend to become reality.
- Big Brother is watching
George Orwell famously wrote about wide-reaching government spying in “1984,” but it actually took 25 years for the first massive government spy scandal to happen. In 2013, the huge NSA spy ring was broken wide open.
There are countless other things sci-fi may get right, but it just hasn’t happened yet. Who knows what might be next?