Far from being just the stuff of science fiction, there are many predictions from the genre that have actually made their way into our everyday lives, making life simpler for millions around the globe. In fact sci-fi has actually inspired and influenced the development of many of our favourite inventions. Let’s take a look at some…
Building the bionic man or woman is no longer simply sci-fi fantasy. Ok, so bionic limbs are still a little big and somewhat clumsy, but the technology is progressing quickly, meaning bionic eyes, organs and more will be much more sophisticated in just 20 years or so. And users may even soon be able to ‘feel’ with their prosthetics.
2. Face scanning marketing technology
If you think browser cookies watching your every click is intrusive, face scanning tech is a whole different ball game. Retailers are already scanning our mugs in the hope of taking data to create ads aimed at specific demographics.
3. Air touch technology
Touch screen technology without the screen is slowly becoming a reality, inspired by Philip K. Dick’s 1958 sci-fi short story ‘The Minority Report’. With no physical keyboard or voice activation needed, the wearer’s goggles will become smaller and sleeker in time.
4. ATM, credit and debit cards
Edward Bellamy’s 1888 utopia depicts the protagonist falling asleep in 1887 and waking up in 2000 to find cards are used as money. Who’d have thought it?
5. Self-driving cars
While not quite ready for a full scale roll out, driverless cars have been around for a while now, and are already pretty popular in countries like Dubai. So it won’t be long before we can all sit back and relax when on the road.
“Imagination is a form of prediction.” Sissy Gavrilaki.
6. Smart contact lenses
We were all wowed by Google glass just a few years ago, so get your head around having the same functionality right there in your lenses. Already, special medical lenses are being developed to measure glucose levels in diabetics, meaning they won’t need to prick their fingers every few hours.
7. 3D Printers
Once only seen in Star Trek, 3D printers are now very much a part of 21st century life. While not yet able to make items appear out of thin air, they can produce everything from jewellery and food to replacement body parts.
Can you remember life without it? The Star Trek PADD (Personal Access Display Device) was a prediction of the future before it was even a glimmer in Steve Jobs’ eye.
9. Robot maid
60s favourite cartoon The Jetsons amazed us with a world filled with a wealth of mind-boggling devices, including the robot maid. Today, robot waiters have been touted as the latest tech revolution in the service industry, with restaurant chains in Asia already employing fleets to take orders and process payments. No more inane chit chat required.
10. Video calls
Nowadays we take our FaceTime and Skype video calls for granted, but it seemed like future fantasy when Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke imagined it back in 1968 when it appeared in the seminal movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” Steve Jobs.
Whatever future tech has in store, make a commitment to secure computer recycling to reduce e-waste and keep your data safe.
Responsible computer recycling is vital, if you want to play your part in reducing potentially health and environmentally-harming e-waste, as well as keeping your data secure. So if your company is one that is committed to the ethical recycling of its obsolete computers and technology products, make sure secure and environmentally friendly computer recycling that adheres to proper recycling regulations is part of your consideration. It’s also important to be aware that companies are now legally obliged to safely dispose of potentially sensitive information in accordance with current security laws and the Data Protection Act of 1998. Be sure only to use a computer recycling company that operates in accordance with, and preferably exceeds all government guidelines such as the WEEE Directive and the Data Protection Act.