9 Predictions By Sci-Fi Movies That Eerily Came True

Blurring the line between science fact and fiction.

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There are times when life has an uncanny way of imitating art, and this is definitely true of the science fiction genre. Everything from the submarine to space travel was imagined well in advance by visionary authors like HG Wells and Jules Verne whose seminal work captured the imagination of fans the world over.

With the advent of moving pictures, sci-fi masters were given the opportunity to show us how they visualise the future, highlighting its technological possibilities and pitfalls, and since then, the genre's predictions have reached an eerie level of accuracy.

So many films have depicted forms of technology that went on to be invented - some of them relatively recent and others dating back as far back as the 1920s - which begs the question of whether the creator was inspired by what they saw in the movies.

The aim of good science fiction isn't to predict the future, but to present the audience with a version of it they can escape to for a fleeting adventure or two, though every now and again, filmmakers manage to do both.

The world doesn't have flying cars, teleportation or time travel just yet, but here are some of the things from classic sci-fi movies that have become a reality.

9. Self-Driving Cars (Total Recall)

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Memory implants and weird animatronic disguises don't exist just yet, but Arnold Schwarzenegger's Martian mind-bender Total Recall deserves plaudits for predicting the development of self-driving vehicles

The buzz around autonomous cars has never been louder, which virtually every major motor manufacturer trialling driverless technology, along with tech giants such as Google and Apple. But back in 1990, it was the stuff of science fiction.

The scene where Arnie hitches a ride in the Johnny Cab in legendary, mostly because of the creepy robot driver voiced by Star Trek Voyager actor Robert Picardo. Thankfully the modern iterations of driverless cars which arrived years later didn't include these unsettling, mechnical chauffeurs.

Although the autonomous vehicles depicted in Will Smith's I, Robot bear a closer resemblance to the cars in testing now, hats off to Total Recall for featuring them first.


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