Sometimes, the force really is with movie and TV producers. For decades now, science fiction shows and big-screen blockbusters have been foreshadowing modern-day technologies. What was once deemed outlandish and far-fetched turns into fact and part of our everyday lives.
Noodle.ai has compiled an infographic that looks at how some fictional depictions of artificial intelligence (AI) have taken hold in the real world.
Among them are:
In 1977 British sci-fi show Doctor Who featured a robotic dog that could beat its master at a game of chess. Twenty years later, IBM's Deep Blue did the same thing.
In 1996 Star Trek introduced the Universal Translator, an AI matrix capable of decoding and translating unknown languages. In 2019, Google introduced the Google Assistant Interpreter Mode, which translates foreign conversations in real-time.
In Minority Report in 2002, artificial intelligence uses personal data to target advertising based on retina scans. In the UK in 2013, Tesco introduced a facial scan technology that determines a driver's age and gender. Targeted ads are then displayed while the person fills their car with petrol.
In Star Trek The Next Generation (first shown in the 1980s), Geordi La Forge wears a device that helps the blind see. Today, there are Google glasses to aid visually impaired people.
In Back to the Future Part II, Doc wears a Smart watch that is able to predict the weather down to the second. Today we have Apple watches.
To study the 'From Science Fiction to Reality' infographic, click here.