Everyone loves watching a good movie, whether it’s the latest release or that old favourite you’ve watched more times than you can count. Science fiction movies have always tried to predict the future, showing us fantastic scenes of connected-homes full of all sorts of amazing gadgets that could make our lives easier.
As technology continues to advance, it seems as though the futuristic, connected homes we’ve seen in films are becoming more of a reality each day. In fact, lots of the gadgets and pieces of technology we enjoy in our homes today appear to have been lifted straight from the big screen.
While there are lots of movies that tried to predict the future and got it hilariously wrong, there are quite a few that got it eerily right. Check out these six movie predictions that came true.
1) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – video calls
Stanley Kubrick’s ground-breaking 2001: A Space Odyssey is considered to be one of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time. The film makes a number of predictions about the future, but the one that sticks out to us is video calling. Back in 1968, the idea of being able to communicate with someone like that would have seemed incredibly far-fetched, whereas now it’s how many of us keep in touch, thanks to services like Skype and FaceTime.
2) Total Recall (1990) – self-driving cars
In Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character has a number of run-ins with a self-driving car in the form of Johnny Cab. Fast-forward to 2016, and Google is moving forward with its self-driving car project. Thankfully these ones come without the creepy robotic driver!
3) Jetsons: The Movie (1990) – robot vacuum cleaners
The Jetsons kept their home clean with the help of Rosie the Robot Cleaner. While we might be a few years away from having robotic maids, robot vacuum cleaners, such as the Roomba, bear a striking resemblance to the Jetsons’ machine.
4) The Truman Show (1998) – reality television
While now it seems like you can’t switch on your television without seeing yet another “reality TV” offering, this wasn’t always the case. Back in 1998, The Truman Show depicted an unnerving world where people watched a man’s every move on TV. Well, it was only a couple of years until shows like Big Brother hit the airwaves, and the rest is history.
5) Minority Report (2002) – gesture based technology
2002’s Minority Report saw Tom Cruise controlling a huge holographic screen with nothing more than a few flicks of his wrists. We may still be waiting for the holographic screens, but gesture based technology is now commonplace, from our smartphones and tablets to gaming systems like the Xbox Kinect.
6) Back to the Future Part II (1989) – wearable technology
We couldn’t take about movies predicting the future without mentioning Back to the Future, could we? Back to the Future Part II sees Marty travel to 2015, and plenty of the things predicted in the film have since come true. We haven’t got our hoverboards just yet, but we’ve made the leap to wearable technology thanks to things like Google Glass, the Oculus Rift and the Microsoft Hololens.
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All of these new gadgets can soon start to run up your energy bill if you’re not careful though. Check out our list of 5 of the most energy-guzzling household appliances and remember to turn your gadgets and appliances off when you’re not using them!