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If you're watching this on your phone,
it's partly thanks to Captain Kirk.
In Star Trek, first broadcast in 1966,
he used a pocket-sized device
to communicate with his crew.

Martin Cooper, the man who
invented the mobile phone,

says the show was the
inspiration for his idea,

which launched seven years later.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos based Alexa,
the voice-activated speaker on
Star Trek's talking computer.
Transporters engaged.
Welcome aboard.
Sci-fi fan Elon Musk
is building rockets that
he hopes will one day

carry people to Mars.
Submarines, helicopters,
rockets, and touch screens

all appeared in science fiction
before becoming science fact.
Sci-fi inspires real world technology.
It also provides a way to
explore the moral dilemmas

that advanced technologies could pose.
Paul McAuley is a scientist
turned science fiction writer.

All science fiction is
basically about is presence,

so it's about a heightened
version of the present.

It's about anticipating where
technology is going to go

and it's about our fears of
where technology is going to go

and what uses or misuses we
might make of that technology.

Divers information paper's ready and--
Techno world, do you
need to buy a suitcase?

Utopia, huh?
You know they set up shop here, right?
Few films better encapsulate this than
Ridley Scott's 1982 cult
classic Blade Runner.

The film is set in a dystopian future
where synthetic human
workers are bio engineered

by a corporate power.
In London, fans are
arriving for a Blade Runner

screening with a difference.
Keep moving, guys, come on.
Let's go, quickly scan.
We are in World Terminus, checkpoint 4.C
We're in Los Angeles in 2019.
Secret Cinema is a multilayer
physical experience.

We build these physical sets,
creating a world inspired by a film.
So instead of just watching a film,
you literally buy a ticket,
you become a character,

and you become part of an
interactive theatrical experience.

Hey you lot in there!
You thirsty or what?
I think the science fiction
genre allows us to dream

about another world.
We've taken the inspiration
from Blade Runner

and built an entire world around it.
The film explores the ethical implications
of creating highly intelligent robots
that have thoughts,
feelings, and emotions.

My wife's just back from
a convention about AI,

artificial intelligence, in Cambridge.
A lot of the AI people think
about what would happen

if real AI came on very powerfully
and what they'd do to us
and that's one of the things

that science fiction has been exploring
for quite a long time now.
Steven Spielberg's latest movie,
Ready Player One, explores
another emerging technology,

virtual reality.
The film imagines a future
where overpopulation,

pollution, and climate change have forced
most people to live in
sprawling, slum-like cities.

Young people escape the
desolation by living much

of their lives in virtual reality.
Are you ready?
Although there is a wide gap
between the virtual
world shown in the film

and the capabilities of
current VR technology,

the idea that young people can get hooked
on virtual fantasies is
a long-standing concern.

No, no, no, no, no!
To be compelling, science fiction
has to be convincing.
So writers and film
directors enlist the help of

designers and engineers.
Syd Mead designed the look
of some of Hollywood's

most seminal sci-fi films including
Blade Runner, Star Trek The
Motion Picture, and Aliens.

In the real world, he's
designed cars for Ford

and electronics for Philips.
Because I'm a trained designer,
I can imagine how things might be made.
People always say that my stuff looks real
even though it's futuristic.
The pods for Aliens that I designed were
real mechanical articulations.
When they opened, they
looked absolutely real

for people to be in for
long duration space travel.

I was hired to design the
vehicles for Blade Runner.

Deckard's vehicle was, in my mind,
a decommissioned aerial limousine.
It's overlaying the
familiar with the weird

and that's a surefire formula
for interesting things to look at.
Science fiction introduces
people to real world
science and technology.

Some fans develop a lifelong passion.
The tech industry is led by sci-fi nerds
who are creating the
things they read about

or saw on screen.
We all stand to benefit
from their creations.

Provided, that is, they can
avoid the ethical pitfalls

depicted in science fiction.
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How does science fiction influence the real world? | The Economist

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歐小拉 published on August 4, 2018
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