One of the reasons so many people love science-fiction is the technology. The great thing about stories set in the future is getting to imagine the amazing technological advancements that could be made in between now and then. Whether it’s intergalactic travel or hoverboards, there’s nothing quite as fun as imagining how far human beings will be able to go when it comes to science and technology. The one problem with that is how disappointing it can be to come back down to earth and remember that, sadly, we don’t have a lot of those amazing pieces of technology that our favorite sci-fi heroes do. But perhaps you should think again. A great deal of modern technology is actually far more advanced and exciting that a lot of people realize. In fact, some of it is so exciting that a lot of people would mistake it for the kind of thing they only imagine appearing in the future! Here are four pieces of technology that seem like they’ve stepped straight out of science fiction.
What could be more sci-fi than hopping into the back seat of your car, telling it where to go, and having it drive itself to your destination while you relax? Well, being able to do that is a little bit closer than you might think! While they aren’t being rolled out by major commercial companies right now, there are plenty of examples of self-driving cars that work fantastically. Of course, there are plenty of people who might be terrified at the idea of a car that drives itself. What if it goes wrong? What if it decides to drive you off the road? And it’s probably a good idea to be skeptical of any technology that takes control of something as potentially dangerous as driving. But it’s important to remember this: self-driving cars don’t need to be perfect, they just need to be better than people. And if you look at the statistics, that’s not actually going to be difficult. Historically, people are actually pretty terrible at driving! A driverless car can’t get distracted, and you certainly wouldn’t ever find it checking it’s phone at the wheel!
For a lot of people, the idea of being able to put some information into a computer and then having that computer creating a real, physical object out of nothing is about as futuristic as you can get. But that’s exactly what 3D is. But what is 3D printing? Essentially, 3D printing uses specialized technology to convert a 2D image into a 3D object. This uses a special melted material that is built up layer by layer until it creates the shape that matches the design. With this technology, there is pretty much no limit to the variety of things that you can create! Whether it’s props, instruments, cars, food or even other 3D printers! The humble 3D printer is ushering in an age where just about anything is available at the touch of a button.
Being able to enter an entirely new world at the flick of a switch has always been one of the most popular ideas for any science-fiction writers. But once again the real world has caught up with them. Thanks to devices like the Oculus Rift, people can now go one step further than simply watching something. This technology is being used to fascinating effect in video games, where it allows players to step right into the shoes of their character and really experience the thrills first-hand. Whether the experience is meant to be exciting or terrifying, it really helps to increase your immersion and put you into the very center of the action.
People are so attached to their technology these days that they might as well be physically attached! Well, believe it or not, but that’s definitely a thing already. From the Apple Watch to the Google Glass, people are now able to wear their technology so that they never have to be without it. The Google Glass especially remarkable in that it allows you to look at your technology while still engaging with the rest of the world. And that’s not even to mention the electronic tattoos that allow you to unlock your phone and keep it even more secure.
While we might be a little while away from hoverboards and flying cars, there is still enough technology out there to make even the most imaginative sci-fi writer get excited.