16 Movies That Predicted Technology Right

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Baer

Hal and Siri, both with very annoying and misleading voices. "Sorry I cannot do that" seems to be something they both say or paraphrase.

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Scootiep

WTF Paul! According to Star Trek lore, transporters weren't first created until 2139 and weren't safe for living transport until 2151. Given that, Star Trek still has 126 years to have successfully predicted the future on this one.

Not knowing your Star Trek lore, FOR SHAME SIR!

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MumblinBerk

How about George Orwell's 1984.
You know... "Big Brother is watching?"
Now that the NSA has it's microscope in everyone's digital behind.

(Yeah... who's paranoid NOW? Ha!)

And that goes hand-in-hand with my next choice;
Just a LITTLE off topic, but George A. Romero was the first to predict the Zombie Apocalypse that we all feel is just around the corner...

Have to go now. Need to sweep for bugs and check under the bed... and why is the VAN still parked out front?....

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tehLazyNinja

Terminator with H/Ks? We can remotely pilot a drone and level a house with hellfire missiles now. They're not self-aware or anything but it's still scary how close that is.

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siramic

Love the article, Paul, it's a fun read :) There were 2 movies I had not seen or heard of, Electric Dreams and Women in the Moon.

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PCWolf

Why was Start Trek (Original Series) Not credited with predicting the Clam Shell Flip Phones?

& No, Tricorders are not PDAs. But they did get the Tablet prediction Right on the Next Generation & DS9. I'm amazed Apple hasnt sued Paramount for stealing it's iPad tech.

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jimmthang

Kubrick's 2001 showed off tablets before Next Generation (1968). That movie was clearly a head of its time.

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warptek2010

HAL 9000 was not exactly an evil computer. In the sequel 2010, Arthur C. Clarke reveals that HAL suffered from a conflict in clandestine programming.

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jgottberg

Droppin the knowledge!

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ThomFrost

star trek padd - tablet computer.
bio dome - people living in domes there are a few here still.

if you want to extend beyond movies and go in to tv then.
space 1999 - comunicator

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ninja_unmatched

Ive been saying this for years. Even further I would add the movie Demolition Man. Society seems to be moving slowly in that direction. unsure about freezing convicts but the separation of society based on someone's idea of what law should be. economically we are all being separated between rich & struggling with a dwindling middle class. It things go awry it would take only 1 rich zealot and we would going around not touching, no handshaking, & telling each other to "be well"...lol

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MaximumMike

Let's not forget that Arnold Schwarzennegar became President by first becoming Governor of California. How scary was that?

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spectrex

War Dialing was something you could actually do back then. It wasn't just in a movie. We were using BBS's back before the internet was available to the general public.

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joeyjr

anybody remember Power Menu?

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Wily_One

Geek Fail:
A tricorder is not a communicator. You got it right that Star Trek (TOS, circa 1966) foretold cellphones, but the tricorder is a sensing/measuring/recording device*, separate from the "flip-phone" communicator.

FWIW, real-life medical "tricorders" are nearing reality:
http://gizmodo.com/5965143/holy-spock-the-star-trek-medical-tricorder-is-real-and-its-only-150

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MAIZE1951

The tricorder shown is from Star-Trek The Next Generation,but you have it right on the others. It also predicted the video disk also. That episode was in season three called; ALL OUR YESTERDAYS.

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kiaghi7

"Space Travel - Woman in the Moon (1929)"

"Man didn't land on the moon until 1969, but 30 years prior[...]"

Wouldn't 1929 be 40 years prior to 1969?

1969 - 30 = 1939
1969 - 40 = 1929

Must be that new "Apple iCalculator" or something giving you that 30 years figure :D

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appleroxinhouston

Siri once said to me I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that and I was MIND BLOWN

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PCWolf

Apple stole that line from the movie. just like they steal almost everything else in their products.

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jgottberg

I think this is backwards thinking. IMO, the writer for the movie/book conjured these things up without any knowledge of what the future would be like.

Some fan saw the movie or read the book and tried to actually make them. Innovation is driven by imagination.

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NSain

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe I remember that a guy from Motorola worked on a flip phone because of the communicators from the original Star Trek.

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jimmthang

Perhaps you are partially correct, with the Airplane movie being an example that might prove your point, but there are a bunch of movies on that list that actually tried to predict what technology might be like in the future. For instance, Steven Spielberg said he did a lot of work studying technology before making Minority report, and he was surprisingly accurate with the Kinect-like controls. 

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Peridot

But even before Minority Report, Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict used motion controls. Granted, it was not a movie, but it was out five years prior to the Spielberg flick.

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jgottberg

Actually Jimmy, I think you prove my point with the Minority Report. Spielberg needed a tech movie to be visually interesting. It's not fun watching a guy pound away on a keyboard in front of a 20 inch screen. Spielberg needed something more dramatic, especially with Cruise playing the lead. So Spielberg came up with hand manipulation of PC controls. It was big, graphic and captivating to watch Cruise flip through video sequences. I think MS saw a huge opportunity to create a similar experience and designed the Kinect. All speculation on my part :)

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joeyjr

Terminator - Robots that can kill

cool. next please do one for games

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vergingalactic

Siri is a bad example of a modern day HAL. It is relatively useless. Think Watson combined with nuance personal assistant.

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MaximumMike

Yea, but only Apple could make a device as evil as HAL.

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PCLinuxguy

Nah. HAL stomps on a Mac and a PC too, he's on Linux bitch I thought you GNU.

(couldn't resist the epic rap battle reference)

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PCWolf

Oh please, HAL lol's at your lame Linux because HAL is so Advanced, his OS hasn't even been invented yet!

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MaximumMike

Yea, but when they do invent it you can rest assured that something that evil will be a big corporate proprietary OS. I predict they'll call it EyeOS ;)