“It’s not paranoia if they’re really after you”. If you think this statement is a bit creepy, read on.
The tagline for the blockbuster movie Enemy of the State (1998) has never felt as real as it does now. While other movies like this have cautioned us and sensitised us to the threat of Big Brother watching and recording our every move, none of them came as close as Enemy to predicting how accurate and pervasive surveillance would eventually become. Think back a bit – have you recently seen an ad on your device for something you mentioned in a conversation that was within earshot of your smartphone? Have we mentioned creepy?
And, as much as the tech in Hackers may look goofy nowadays, there’s one thing it got right: virtual reality gaming. In one scene, evil hacker Eugene (sorry, evil hacker ‘The Plague’) can be seen playing a video game on something that looks remarkably like an Oculus Rift.
While we may not have flying cars or hoverboards quite yet, Back to the Future Part II did predict wearable tech, à la Google Glass. In the Back to the Future franchise’s 2015 version, Marty McFly’s kids can take calls on futuristic phones that they wear as sunglasses. Hallo, Ray-Ban?
Got an Apple or SmartWatch? Then the detective in the yellow trench coat should get some of the proceeds. While Warren Beatty’s expensive movie Dick Tracy did not spawn the franchise that distributor Disney had hoped for, it did make every kid (and most adults) in the audience want their own version of Tracy’s wrist phone. But it is comforting to know that, although it did take more than 20 years for us to get a real life version of a wrist communicator, the significant design upgrade in modern smartwatches was worth the wait!
In You’ve Got Mail (1998), two stars meet-cute via ancient AOL email messages served as the Beta version for how future dating apps and services like Tinder and OKCupid would work (to help us make dating easier…ish). While this was a sure fire frontrunner for developments on the dating scene, it is interesting to note, though, that the movie also makes a strong argument for personal contact as being the best way to forge a proper romantic connection.
Of all the pieces of tech to become a reality from the animated family The Jetsons: The Movie (1990), you’d think it would be the flying car. Instead, we got … the cleaning robot. You might not know it, but Roomba’s have topped your aunt’s Christmas list for years, as droids-turned-housekeepers have made us become even more avoidant of doing chores, like cleaning our rooms. Why the heck bother when a Roomba can do it?
Given the imaginative predictions and future science depicted in movies, what do you think the future holds? Time to sit down and craft that movie script and shape the future?