Science fiction has always been a huge inspiration for scientists all over the world. There have been numerous times when sci-fi writers imagined some crazy tech that eventually became reality. Then it were TV shows that took those ideas and showed them on screen, inspiring even more people to create gadgets like we’ve never seen before. Here are 10 fictional scientific inventions that went from screen to real life.
Star Trek has been inspiring generations of scientists to create various gadgets that were present on the show. In Star Trek they had replicators that could recreate broken ship parts and all kinds of foods. Today we have 3D printers that can almost do the same. We still can’t create food with them, but they can build human organs, machine parts, and whole mechanisms from scratch.
Just a few decades ago billboards were simply printed out, but that is slowly becoming the past of advertisement. The Blade Runner was among the first sci-fi movies that fantasized about the future of advertisement and came up with huge digital billboards. We can already see them in many big cities of the world!
Lots of sci-fi movies played with the idea of self-driving cars long before any of us thought it was possible to create them. You can probably remember the tech used in the movie I, Robot, and today this is pretty much the reality! Many companies are experimenting with AI-powered self-driving cars, creating more and more prototypes with each passing year. They might hit the roads as soon as 2021!
Back to the Future movie came up with one of the most wanted devices ever – a hoverboard. Ever since the movie came out engineers have been trying to invent the technology that would help them make an actual hoverboard. In the recent years quite a few working prototypes have been created. Yes, they can actually fly! We can’t wait to try one of them.