10 Times Star Trek Predicted The Future

Whether by allusion or out and out time travel, Star Trek has a knack for calling it early.


Since 1966, Star Trek has been a depiction of the futuristic and the fantastic, often times showing the audience ideas that are entirely out of the realms of contemporary reality. As the years have progressed however, some of those ideas have stepped out of the bounds of science fiction and begun to enter the world of fact.

Inventions from Star Trek, such as Warp Speed and the Transporter, may remain in their infancy, yet there are other ideas that were on display in both early and mid-Star Trek that are now contemporary realities. Whether this is a positive or a negative thing is up for debate.

This article will take a deliberately neutral stance on the entries that follow.

Whether Star Trek has been a window into the future or potentially a template by which modern events and innovations have fashioned themselves after, what is clear is that in human history, the imagination of the human race has often reached forward, with depictions of that being put on-screen. Occasionally, this imagination has been even closer to reality than perhaps ever dreamed possible. Read ahead to see which of Star Trek's stories have come to pass.

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