Movies that are set in a futuristic timeline bring a special kind of excitement to the table. The creators of such movies may not predict how the average person's day would play out in 50 years to come, however, there are elements in certain movies that are eerily on the mark.

Let’s chew over some accurate future predictions in movies that leave us pensive about the fine line between imagination and time travel.

  • Home Automation - “Demon Seed” (1977)
    This sci-fi horror film, based on a novel by Dean Koontz, tells the story of a doctor who is also very passionate about tech. His passion drives him to install voice command computers in his home, making it similar to what modern times would refer to as Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa. The film predicted the rise of smart homes and AI despite it being done in a dread manner with the plot revolving around the smart home developing into a threat to its residents.

  • Self-driving cars - “Total Recall” (1990)

    The movie follows the journey of a construction worker who finds himself involved in espionage on Mars and struggles to tell if the experiences are real or caused by brain implants. The protagonist’s journey includes navigating from location to location in self-driving vehicles. Fast forward to today and there are prototypes of such vehicles being developed by companies such as Tesla and Mazda. Although self-driving vehicles haven't been formally introduced to us yet, we can be sure that they sure will in the near future.


  • Video calls - “Back to the future” (1985)

    Long before Microsoft teams or Skype was massified, Marty McFly was already familiar with video calls in this film about a 17-year-old high school student that gets sent back in time by 30 years. The film gave us a sneak peek into the future of communication with characters communicating via video calls throughout certain scenes. Maybe Steven Spielberg and his team did return ’back from the future with the awesome idea to include this futuristic technology in the movie.

  • Robot assistants – “The Jetsons” (1962)

    In many parts of the world today, people have robotics assisting them with basic daily activities such as house chores and gardening. A robotic assistant does not have to be an expensive humanoid robot but merely a mechanical artifact that helps someone complete physical tasks is enough. Rosie Jetson had her robot assistant before many of us could even wrap our heads around the idea.



    Above shows an image of Gary, an Israeli robot assistant that carries out and completes daily house chores.

    Conclusion

    Movie directors, writers, and even actors depict how powerful human creativity can be, especially when their work has a proportional influence on elements of our future. Perhaps we can use recent movies set in distant timelines to get a slight idea of what our future will look like.

    Let us know, in the comments section, which movies you may have seen that did an accurate job in predicting future inventions or events.
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