When we re-watch a sci-fi movie 10, 20 or 30 years after its release we sometimes wonder how precisely its editors foresaw our future. Some devices and technologies that we use or start using now were predicted long ago!
Back to the Future 2 (1989)
The most memorable technological achievement that many of us remember from “Back to the Future” were hoverboards. It’s a more advanced variety of a skateboard that doesn’t have wheels and uses the anti-gravity effect instead. But there is another gadget there as well, which didn’t attract that much attention yet managed to become reality quite soon: “glasses with the built-in phone”.
Even though the drones don’t play a major role in this movie, you could briefly see robot-piloted planes there. Drones are shown only as a weapon — the creative team of the Terminator could hardly imagine that this device would be able to carry packages and deliver food as well.
Minority Report (2002)
While working on this movie, Spielberg consulted with futurologists. They managed to predict with great precision the personalized contextual advertising and non-contact interfaces that respond to hand gestures. However, the interfaces that are available today aren’t as powerful as in the Minority Report.
Total Recall (1990)
This movie predicted the efforts of Google and Elon Musk. You can see self-driving cars there, and humanity has colonized Mars already.
Cable Guy (1996)
Jim Carrey makes a prophetic speech about the perspectives of online shopping, cyber sports and smartphone. Without actually using the word “smartphone” he states that in future a phone, a TV and a computer will be all combined in one device.
I am Legend (2007)
There is a remarkable detail in this movie: Batman and Superman logos combined. Will Smith sees it in the devastated Times Square, when wandering around post-apocalyptic New York. How could the editor guess that shortly after the release of this movie the world would plunge into chaos?
The Net (1995)
This movie showed it to the world how you can order food without talking to anyone or even leaving your home. Also, it foresaw identity theft as an urgent problem.
In season 5, episode 4 Dean goes to 2009 back from 2015 and Chuck tells him to “hoard toilet paper, like it’s made of gold”. Why so? Because a deadly virus is destroying the planet. Doesn’t it look familiar?