AI has for long been posited as a technology that has been designed to enslave human beings. Well, much of these ideas and distorted imagery stems from the role of movies and TV series has shaping our ideologies and the fact that singularity as a genre, continue to fascinate movie makers and directors across the world.
In this article, we take a look at some of the predictions that were described in movies about AI and other technologies that have become freakishly now become a reality.
- Star Wars (1977): The movie saga is one of the longest running and has amassed a mass fan following for its depiction of technology and even for its background score. One of the most unforgettable snippets from the movie is that of Princess Leia Organ 3D pleading for help to Obi-Wan Kenobi in a 3D hologram. Other aspects from the movie like bionic limbs and magnetic levitation are few other technological advancements which have taken shape
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): The film by Stanley Kubrick was based on Arthur C. Clarke’s short story The Sentinel and the screenplay was written by him too. The movie was very well received by science enthusiasts for its marvellous depiction of technology, like spaceflight, special effects, and ambiguous imagery. The movie revolves around the voyage to Jupiter with the sentient computer HAL 9000, an artificial general intelligence device, who is the main antagonist of the movie.
- Star Trek: The Original Series (1969): The movie is all time favourite of science-buff all across the world and has managed to create a cult following for its series among its fans. The original series that was aired 1966 showcased some of the coolest technology, which needless to say have come true in the next 50 years time. In fact, Martin Cooper the creator of cell phones, got the inspiration to create the device after seeing a scene from the movie where Captain Kirk uses a flip phone like wireless device to communicate. In the age of NLP and AI-powered by solutions, instant translation to the language that we prefer is never a challenge. In Star Trek too, when Captain Kirk is moving from one place in the galaxy to other, unknown and unheard language was never a problem as he had the universal translator, which could help him translate the language instantly. Apart from the conversational AI, the movie also depicts portable video devices similar to that of the present day tablets, where Dave Bowman, the protagonist watches BBC news in his internet-connected portable screen. In addition to this, the movie also shows a video phone through which Heywood Floyd, another character in the movie, makes a phone call to his Daughter.
- Blade Runner (1982): The movie is set in a dystopian future of 2019 where synthetic humans are bio-engineered by a powerful corporation to work in off-world colonies. Though the movie received a mixed response from the audience, it showcased some of the futuristic which has already become a reality in 2019. this includes video calling, though it is from phone booths.
- Back to the future(1985): If there is a fun and memorable science fiction movie that deals with time travel, then without a doubt it would be this movie. The 1985 movie oddly depicted technologies of varying kinds which would become a reality in the 21st century. From Marty’s auto-lacing sneakers in the movie to the 3D film obsession. A number of things including video-conferencing and wall-mounted widescreen television was mentioned in the movie.
- Total recall(1990): The movie is set in 2084, where Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character Douglas Quaid goes on a memory trip to Mars as a secret agent. In the 1990 big-budget movie, Douglas gets into a self-driving car called Johnny cab, with a robot taxi driver showing him around the town
- Demolition man (1993): movie talks about two men who are Cryogenically frozen in 1996 are reanimated in 2032. The scariest prediction made in this movie is that of virtuality porn, which sadly is already a thing of the present. Other than the VR gear, the movie extensively showcases tablets computers, video conferencing and voice-activated appliances
- The Matrix (1999): Virtual Reality forms the underlying theme of the movie and it talks about a time frame when artificial intelligence has taken over the human race, resulting in a burnt-out planet as the result of the war between man and machine. Neo, the protagonist of the movie realises that he along with other humans are placed in an advanced make-to-belief VR stimulator.
- Minority Report (2002): The movie based on the short story of the same name is set in 2054 in Washington and Northern Virginia in the United States. The 2002 movie directed by Steven Spielberg has Tom Cruise in the lead, where he is working for a specialised police department which aims to prevent murders from committing the crime with the help of mutated humans, called PreCogs who have the ability to read the future.The classic has toyed with some of the most ubiquitous technological developments such as autonomous cars, facial and optical recognition to name a few. At the onset of social media and increased online activities, the targeted advertisement is something that follows us anywhere when we browse the internet. In the movie as well, Cruises character comes across advertisements addressing him as he moves about the city
- Her (2013): 2013 romantic science fiction drama is eerie similar to the lives that we lead now. The movie tells the story of a man who falls in love with a female voice assistant, whose closest cousin in the real world will be Alexa or Siri. Apart from the depiction of this strange man and machine relationship. The movie makes references to ear-bud phones, holographic video games and even digitally transcribed “Handwritten” letter-generating service.
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Akshaya Asokan works as a Technology Journalist at Analytics India Magazine. She has previously worked with IDG Media and The New Indian Express. When not writing, she can be seen either reading or staring at a flower.