Technologies that began in science fiction and are now part of our everyday lives

Science fiction has always been a source of inspiration for the development of new technologies and ideas. Many science fiction works have shown visions of the future that have already become reality today.



One example is the Internet, which has been predicted in many science fiction stories. A well-known example is “Neuromancer” by William Gibson, in which the Internet was referred to as the “Matrix.” Today, the Internet is an integral part of our daily lives, allowing us to receive and share information from around the world.


In many science fiction stories, such as “I, Robot” by Isaac Asimov, robots are used as workers. Today, there are many companies that use robots in manufacturing, including Toyota Motor Corporation and ABB Group.


In “The Swarm” by Frank Herbert, drones are used as weapons controlled by warships. Today, drones are used in many fields, from agriculture to film production. Companies like DJI and Parrot are leading the way in drone technology development.

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).

“The Chessboard of the Future” by Neal Stephenson predicts the use of VR and AR as tools to simulate environments and events. Today, there are many companies developing VR and AR technology, including Oculus VR and Microsoft’s HoloLens.

Artificial intelligence

In “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Arthur C. Clarke, the AI HAL 9000 is depicted as an intelligent computer capable of making decisions and repairing itself. Today, there are many companies developing and using AI technology, including IBM and Google.


3D printing

In “The Fabricator” by Philip K. Dick, the use of 3D printers to manufacture objects is predicted. Today, there are many companies developing and using 3D printing technology, including Stratasys and 3D Systems.


Overall, there are many examples of how science fiction has already become a reality. From the development of the Internet to the use of robots, drones, VR/AR, AI and 3D printing technology, science fiction has spawned many ideas that have now become part of our daily lives. It remains exciting to see what other science fiction ideas will become reality in the future.

Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker
Alexander Pinker is an innovation profiler, future strategist and media expert who helps companies understand the opportunities behind technologies such as artificial intelligence for the next five to ten years. He is the founder of the consulting firm "Alexander Pinker - Innovation Profiling", the innovation marketing agency "innovate! communication" and the news platform "Medialist Innovation". He is also the author of three books and a lecturer at the Technical University of Würzburg-Schweinfurt.

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