10 Technologies Foretold by Books, Film and TV

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-10-05 Email

We often immerse ourselves in a book, movie or TV show to escape reality. But many of the greatest and/or most popular works of literature and entertainment have been harbingers of the innovations that dominate technology today: the Internet, artificial intelligence (AI) and 3D printing, to name a few. We've come up with the following 10 examples of technologies that were depicted in books, cinema and/or television well before they were actually invented. Some of the classics cited here—2001: A Space Odyssey, Total Recall and Minority Report, and the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises—have been widely praised for their forward-thinking concepts. But other examples may surprise you. Mark Twain, for example, was primarily known as a sharp-witted commentator about the society of his era, but one relatively obscure work conveys a more futuristic side of the satirist, and we've included that one here. Our list was compiled from a number of online resources, including those posted by TopyAps.com, CheatSheet.com and DazedDigital.com.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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