Our Sci-Fi Future: Silly vs. Terrifying

Our Sci-Fi Future: Silly vs. Terrifying

By Peter Suciu

Apr 25, 2017 5:00 AM PT

The future is now, or at least it is coming soon. Today’s technological developments are looking very much like what once was the domain of science fiction. Maybe we don’t have domed cities and flying cars, but we do have buildings that reach to the heavens, and drones that soon could deliver our packages. Who needs a flying car when the self-driving car — though still on the ground — is just down the road ?

The media often notes the comparisons of technological advances to science fiction, and the go-to examples cited are often Star Trek, The Jetsons and various 1980s and 90s cyberpunk novels and similar dark fiction. In many cases, this is because many tech advances actually are fairly easy comparisons to what those works of fictions presented.

On the other hand, they tend to be really lazy comparisons. Every advance in holographic technology should not immediately evoke Star Trek’s holodeck, and every servant-styled robot should not immediately be compared to Rosie, the maid-robot in The Jetsons.

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