Science fiction is a genre that has two roles – to point out the flaws in today’s society and to anticipate the future based on the current state of technology. Some of the biggest names in the genre have excelled at the second, predicting the emergence of many breakthroughs that have emerged over the years. Just think of space flight, satellites, pocket-sized computers that keep us connected to the world and allow us to play amazing movie themed real money casino games from all All Jackpots casino among others. And the list of innovations predicted by science fiction writers that have become reality today could go on forever, covering everything from small things to great ones. But let us point out a few that are perhaps the most amazing of them all, making our era an amazing time to be alive.
Presented by SpaceX earlier this year, the BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) is a codename for a brand new launch vehicle, spacecraft, and space and ground infrastructure system set to replace the company’s current one by the early 2020s. It is a system seemingly taken out of a science fiction novel: it will assure quick launch and relaunch, refueling in low Earth orbit and zero gravity, and will be “good” for long-range space travel, including missions to the Moon and Mars. When presenting the new technology, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk spoke of its capability to transport and sustain a group of passengers – explorers, colonists, space tourists – into interplanetary space.
Exploring and colonizing Mars has been the topic of many science fiction novels and movies in the past – today, it seems, it is becoming a science fact.
Hollywood movies usually depict robots as machines bent on destroying humanity. Science fiction literature, in turn, imagines them more like machines created to assist humanity. The novels of author Isaac Asimov dive deep into the question of robotic minds and societies extensively relying on these walking, talking artificial beings. And humanity seems to be on the brink of meeting them.
Sophia is a humanoid robot developed by Hong Kong-based company Hanson Robotics. It is an interactive machine with a face molded after actress Audrey Hepburn that is capable of conversations, human-like facial expressions, and gestures. It uses artificial intelligence, advanced voice and facial recognition, machine learning, and other new technologies to improve its functions over time. Apparently, its behavior was convincing enough for Saudi Arabia to grant it citizenship.
One episode of 2013’s “Almost Human” TV series had a story built around a smart bullet that, once shot, can adjust its course in mid-air to make sure to always hit the target. Back then, it sounded like science fiction – but it is as real a technology as it can get. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) has been working on a similar projectile for years, revealing the technology in a video presentation in 2014. The EXACTO (Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance) bullets fired intentionally off the target were shown to adjust their course in-flight and hit the target. A later test revealed that the system works great even in the hands of a first-time sniper user.
Sounds exciting and scary at the same time, right?