Literary critics all over the world have a hard time deciding whether Orwell’s 1984 is a Sci-Fi or not. You see, although this dystopia that takes place in our past, it was written in the 1949 and as such, portrays the future from author’s standpoint. From this perspective, it can be interesting to see how people back in the day imagined their future will be like. Seeing how we see both Orwell’s 1984 and actual 1984, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. On the other hand, it is much harder to make such comparison when one of these two timelines is one we live in. This raises a question of how exactly Sci-Fi is our world? Well… let’s find out!
Long Distance Communication
Decades ago, just a fact that captain Kirk could use a small handheld device and tell Scotty to beam him up was unbelievable. Today, having a device capable of doing much more isn’t considered to be that big of a thing. With the help of IM software like Skype, Viber, WhatsApp and many others, we can communicate with people on the other side of the globe without spending a single penny (considering you have an access to Wi-Fi). This has completely changed not only the nature of long-distance relationships, but also helped SMBs and startups establish their own international offices.
One of the most common Sci-Fi features is human augmentation. Countless video games, movies and novels discuss what it is that makes us human and whether or not we lose pieces of our soul by replacing our limbs with mechanical ones. Still, the main point is that the people who lost their limbs and are forced to wear prosthetics. This means that millions of people worldwide would give anything for an opportunity to get a cybernetic limb. Luckily, with the spread of internet of things, 3D printers and present-day nanotechnology, we’re on the brink of a breakthrough. In fact, some of the most advanced modern prosthetics can give one a sense of touch. This can definitely turn one’s life around.
Pill from the Limitless
While some people dream about hover-boards and lightsabers, there are those who are obsessed with expanding their own intellectual capabilities. The closest example of this would be the NZT-48 pill from television series Limitless. Naturally, there is no such thing in reality (unless you are referring to the actual prop from the show). The idea of a pill that can instantly turn into the smartest human being, on the other hand, smart-pills are a reality. All over the world, students, scientists, professional athletes and artists take medications that enhance their cognitive abilities. Sure, they’re not run-of-the-mill medication just yet, but they are definitely heading in that direction.
Voice Controlled Household
To wrap things up with yet another old-school Sci-Fi feature, voice controlled households are definitely real. You see turning your lights on or off with your voice or a clap is easily doable with an adequate smart lighting system. This, however, is just the tip of the iceberg. A while back, there was a story of that one guy who was so reluctant to get off the couch and get the remote, that he simply downloaded a remote-control app on his smartphone. Sure, this may be the example of next-level laziness, but it is also a perfect indicator of the direction in which technology is going.
We live in the world where there’s an app for absolutely everything. Sure, we may not yet have lightsabers or the ability to go on interstellar voyages, but in some other fields, we have by far surpassed even the wildest expectations of our predecessors. Our world is changing and we need to follow suit, luckily, Sci-Fi was always there to prepare us ahead of time.