Then and now: Ten tech scenarios that came true

By Mansi Joshi May 31st 2016

Drones, wearable tech, smart homes and digital life–these appeared only in the novels or on the silver screen. But fortunately, they are now a part of our everyday lives and how.

  • Past and present

    Past and present

    The technology we use today had been imagined by science fiction creationists decades ago. Let's go back in the past for a glimpse of the present.

  • Star Trek: Replicator

    Star Trek: Replicator

    The replicator was a machine that could recycle and create objects, even food. Anjan Contractor, a mechanical engineer has been roped in by NASA to develop a printer that can print food for astronauts. 

  • Star Trek: Virtual display device

    Star Trek: Virtual display device

    Aboard Dominion warships, the virtual display device enabled the wearer to see around the spaceship by turning his head. The Google Glass project, enabled the wearer to do something similar by simply swiping and tapping on the frame.


  • Star Wars: C3PO

    Star Wars: C3PO

    C3PO, famous for its social intelligence and sarcasm, is quite an inspiration. Autonomous Shipboard Humanoid (ASH) is a robot being developed at Virginia Tech to extinguish naval fires, climb ladders, navigate through smoke filled corridors and react to human gestures. 

  • Total Recall: Johnny cab

    Total Recall: Johnny cab

    In the 1990 movie, Arnold jumps into a driverless cab, driven by a robot named Johnny. What seemed like an exaggeration then has become reality now. According to Boston Consulting Group, the driverless car market is expected to reach $42 billion by 2025.

  • Back to the future II: Wearable tech

    Back to the future II: Wearable tech

    Video calling, smart kitchen appliances and smart clothing such as Martin Junior’s talking jacket aren't just entertainment anymore. Today, Lumo Run shorts can monitor your stride and send real time feedback through your headphones. 

  • Minority Report: Face scan

    Minority Report: Face scan

    Tesco installed face scanning gear at its petrol stations to target people with advertisements. Also, a patent by Apple hints at the probable use of facial recognition software in its phones. 

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey: Tablets

    2001: A Space Odyssey: Tablets

    Apple, known for its innovation and design, is certainly not the lone wolf when it comes to imagination. 2001, a 1968 film directed by Stanley Kubrick had newspads, where the reader could watch news on a rectangular device. 

  • Looking Backward: Credit card

    Looking Backward: Credit card

    A science fiction novel by Edward Bellamy, first published in 1888, tells the story of a young man who falls into a hypnotic sleep and wakes up in the future where cards are being used as money. 

  • The Jetsons: Video calling

    The Jetsons: Video calling

    An American cartoon series in the 60s, the Jetson family was as high tech as any Silicon Valley smart home today is. Set in the future, the Jetson family used video calls regularly to chat and even had a robot maid!

  • Star Trek: Communicator

    Star Trek: Communicator

    What was it, after all, but just a flip phone used by Captain Kirk. The flip-phones are a thing of the past, but there are rumours that Motorola, now owned by Lenovo, is planning to re-launch Moto Razr this summer. 

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