Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is… already the future. This era is moving fast. From our workplaces to our homes, from our mobiles, computers, cars, air or maritime transport, smart technology is everywhere.
Just two decades ago, we could only read about some inventions in books or see them in movies. Did you know that some movies predicted the future quite well?
Mobile devices and bluetooth technology could be seen in Dick Tracy, Forbidden Planet and Star Trek. Drones and robots wowed audiences in Short Circuit and The Terminator. Touch screens were presented in Minority Report and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Targeted smart advertising techniques are pictured in movies such as the previously mentioned Minority Report or Blade Runner.
But what about smart technologies that can be used in cities, for example, for transportation? The best example is the movie Back to the Future. It featured hoverboards, video chat and virtual reality, the use of alternative fuels and even a flying car!
The flying car is the most recurring item. They appeared, or better said, flew in movies such as Total Recall, The Jetsons, The Fifth Element, Men in Black, Batman or Harry Potter from the newer ones. In the TV series Knight Rider, the car could even speak and had artificial intelligence!
Programs that can communicate or voice recognition systems are no shock nowadays, with Siri in our phones or speech-to-text apps like Dragon Dictation. In the seminal piece from Stanley Kubrick, 2001: A Space Odyssey from 1968, an artificial program communicated like Siri. Oh, and it takes place in space. Space and the idea of flying or even living on other planets has also been tackled by directors and writers, for example, in Total Recall or Star Trek.