Which Technology Was Originally Predicted by a Science Fiction Writer Apex?

September 11, 2023
David Sunnyside

Whether it’s credit cards, television or the 1969 lunar landing, many modern technologies were originally predicted by science fiction writers. And it’s not just rockets and computers – things like bionic limbs, military tanks and antidepressants have all emerged from the pages of sci-fi novels.

There’s nothing easy about predicting technology. It’s not just the gadgetry itself that’s hard to get right – it’s also understanding how people will react to it. That’s where sci-fi excels, allowing authors to prognosticate freely the techno-social changes that will shock their readers’ sense of cultural propriety and expand their consciousness. It’s a tradition dating back to H. G. Wells and one that’s ingrained in the genre to this day. It’s reflected in the customary “theatrics” of science fiction: prophetic warnings, utopian aspirations, elaborate scenarios for entirely imaginary worlds, titanic disasters and strange voyages. It also reveals every conceivable attitude toward this process of techno-social change, from cynical despair to cosmic bliss.

Which technology was originally predicted by a science fiction writer apex

In his 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury posited the use of earbuds for listening to music and talking on the phone – this was long before phones even existed. Similarly, author Craig Browning referenced robotic chess players in his work – the idea has now become reality. But what about the internet? William Gibson, author of 'Neuromancer', foresaw the existence of the web in his book more than 30 years ago.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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