8 Movies that predicted 2019 technology.
Sci-Fi movies have a brilliant way of capturing the imagination of writers and directors who so often visualise worlds that seem like fairy tales. But every now and then, a movie comes along that hits the nail right on the head about how the future will pan out. So we’ve rolled back the hands of time to give you a list of movies that rolled the hands forward. Here are a few movies that prove that creativity and science are more related than most think.
1. Terminator, 1984
“I’ll be back...baby!” Arguably one of the most iconic movie lines of the 21-Century. For those of us not familiar with the box office hit, the movie takes the setting of a dystopian future ruled by the artificially intelligent software SkyNet. Now while 2019 has shown no signs of a robotic revolution, the movie did predict that artificial intelligence would become a prevalent fixture in society which today, is being developed in all industries.
2. Blade Runner, 1982
This noir sci-fi action film saw Harrison Ford play the role of a replicant hunter whose job was to hunt rogue human replicas but ended up falling in love with one. In the movie is a scene where Deckard cruises through what looks like a metropolitan area filled with animated billboards. Today, these same billboards take resident in the downtown areas of New York, Tokyo and many other prominent cities.
3. Minority Report, 2002
Minority Report, a movie comprising of Hollywood heavyweights Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg, sees Tom Cruise play a detective in 2054 where police utilize a psychic technology to arrest and convict murderers before they commit their crime. In one of the scenes, Tom Cruise wakes up in his home having full control of all appliances with his voice. Today, now anyone can have this ability with the Amazon and Google smart speakers.
4. The Cable Guy, 1996
In this comedy, oddball cable installer Chip Douglas (Jim Carrey) attempts to strike up a friendship with customer Steven Kovacs (Matthew Broderick) by offering him premium channels at no cost. His advances for friendship quickly turn into a dangerous obsession. In the movie, Chip shouts out in the rain that one day people will have devices that can do it all. In today's market, such gadgets are available in the form of smart tv’s and streaming devices such as Google Chromecast that give you access to movies, music, podcasts and much more.
5. Total Recall, 1990
He told you he'd be back, but this time as a construction worker in 2084 who through a memory programme, discovers that his entire life is actually a false memory. Although the movie shows many scenes with today's technology, one advancement is self-driving cars. Today, self-driving cars are being developed for commercial use and have been tested on public roads.
6. Startrek, 1966
This intergalactic cult franchise was so huge that it took on a universe of its own. Star Treks predictions of the use of replication or 3D printing were nothing short of marvellous. Today pretty much anything can be printed using 3D printers. This list includes coffee mugs, decor and much more!
7. Back to the future 2, 1989
This childhood favourite amoungst millennials foresaw wearable tech being a staple in the future. In the movie is a scene where the McFly family is seated around the dinner table with Marty preoccupied with what looks like futuristic glasses. With brands such as Google Daydream, Zeiss One and Oculus Rift, now anyone can enjoy the same experiences Marty McFly had back then in the future (total mind boggle).
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick is regarded as one of the most visionary directors to have ever lived. One of his many masterpieces is the movie “ 2001: A Space Odyssey” which follows a voyage to Jupiter with the sentient computer HAL. In the movie, the astronauts are seen using a tablet-like computer that resembles the iPads of today. The movie also predicted space tourism which billionaire juggernauts Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Sir Richard Branson are in a race to achieve.