Science Fiction To Fact

By Brian . Created on Jul 21, 2021
Whether or not one is a fan of it, science fiction has inspired many things over the years that are now fact and taken for granted. Some of these are well known like rockets, others maybe not so. Below are six things that were originally sci-fi, pick a favorite, or as always, add your own in replies.
Books, Comics, Magazines 104 votes | 13 Comments
Helicopters

Helicopters

Smart Phones

Smart Phones

The Internet

The Internet

Tasers

Tasers

Rockets

Rockets

Submarines

Submarines

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Smart Phones
Ruthie said 5 hours ago
I always wanted George Jetson’s camera phone and now I have one!
Smart Phones
James said 1 day ago
Never imagined the computer would be this small
Brian said 18 hours ago
Yeah! To give an example I watched a series on Disney+ a while back focusing on some of their classic rides. Back in the day, these were controlled by huge computers that looked like the type in old sci-fi films with the reels of tape on the front.
The Internet
David said 3 days ago
Who is picking smart phones over internet? Really? Just what are you using your smart phones on if not the internet other than for phone calls and text?? Nearly ever app needs the internet.
Brian said 3 days ago
The question isn't so much how things work as pick a favorite. Most people carry smart phones around now and are thinking about it from the standpoint of what they use, not what makes it work.
Smart Phones
Sue said 4 days ago
Smart phones have changed the way humans communicate.
Brian said 4 days ago
True, who would have thought we'd be able to talk or send messages to people on small devices we carried around. There's likely a whole group of people who don't recall life before them with rotary phones or sending letters. Of course, any tech can have it's downside depending how it is used. Some folks seem obsessed with their phones and can't stand to be 'disconnected' from them.
The Internet
David said 3 days ago
Wrong, they combined the internet with a phone, the internet changed the way people communicate
Milan said 4 days ago
Flying to Mars
Brian said 4 days ago
Mars in science fiction apparently days way back to the 1600's, though it was the 1800's it became popular. One classic book about people exploring Mars is Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. This started as a collection of short stories that were hooked together. As for space travel it general, it's interesting to note Jules Verne came pretty close to how our trip to the moon actually done, even down to havi...
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Brian said 4 days ago
No one has gone with Taser yet, which I can understand, it being a type of weapon. It does have an interesting history tied to sci-fi, though. The device was created by Jack Cover, who released the first version in 1974. The name is a loose acronym of the book Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle, which inspired it. The Tom Swift novels date back to 1910, written by the Stratemeyer Syndicate under the pseudonym Vi...
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Smart Phones
Damien said 6 days ago
Funny that even sci-fi only envisioned a flip-phone.
Brian said 6 days ago
If we wanted to take this a step farther, wearable tech is now becoming a thing. The Trek communicators later became badges the crew could tap and speak to whoever. While I'm not aware of anything quite like that yet, I can see it happening.
The Internet
alfromal said 5 days ago
they must have consulted with Motorola Damien 😎🥓
The Internet
Vinnie said 6 days ago
Keeps me current with the news and allows me to watch movies/tv and stay in touch with friends and family.
Brian said 6 days ago
Arthur C. Clarke is one writer with an idea of a world wide web in his tale 'Dial F for Frankenstein'. The short story featured a networking of computers and sharing of data between them. Although the idea had been played around with for years, computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee gets the credit for inventing the world wide web launched by him in 1989.