Artists, writers and filmmakers have always made predictions about the future – whether vague, like the nanny state seen in 1984 or more specific like genetic engineering like in Brave New World – but given the unrealistic nature of most of these prophecies, we tend to take them with a pinch of salt. However, looking back on some of the most iconic sci-fi films in history, you have to admit – some of their predictions have been eerily accurate.
1. Back to the Future II
Okay, so it’s not all that surprising that a movie with the word “future” in the title would have a few forecasts to make, but it turns out the sequel to the classic film correctly predicted something we’re beginning to see more and more – wearable technology, Coincidentally, wearable headsets, smart watches and everything in between only began to really take off this decade, the same one Marty McFly uses the technology in the film (2015 to be exact).
2. The Net
Sandra Bullock starred as a computer programmer in this 1995 conspiracy thriller, but despite its serious subject matter, what it predicted was a little more light-hearted – online pizza ordering. Although Pizza Hut claims to have made the first online sale a year before this film hit the screens, mainstream internet users didn’t get the opportunity to order their favourite deep pan until 2001.
3. The Cable Guy
While many critics labelled this 1996 film a write-off, one scene really sticks out. “Soon every American home will integrate their television, phone and computer,” Jim Carrey’s character predicts. “You’ll be able to visit the Louvre on one channel and watch wrestling on another. You can do your shopping at home, or play Mortal Kombat with a friend in Vietnam. There’s no end to the possibilities.” How creepy is that?
4. Blade Runner
Back in 1982 when Ridley Scott’s trail-blazing flick first came out, the billboards we saw every day were completely inanimate. Now, more than 30 years after the film’s dystopian environment showed us mammoth moving billboards for the first time, they’ve become the norm in many cities around the world including Tokyo and New York.
5. The Truman Show
Reality TV is so ubiquitous these days that it’s hard to imagine a world where it doesn’t exist. However, before 1998 (when The Truman Show was released) “reality TV” was generally defined as news and talk shows. Fast-forward just a couple of years and along come Big Brother, Survivor, talent shows like the Idol series and dozens more. Today, you’d be hard pressed to flick through your TV without finding at least one example.
Tell us in the comments below, what other films have you seen that accurately predicted the future?