Science Fiction to Reality: Where Does Our Tech Come From? - An Infographic ~ Kwentology

Science fiction writers have been attempting to predict the future through their fantastical writing for hundreds of years. But they weren’t the only ones peering into our destiny, artists such as Leonardo da Vinci conceptually sketched images of a parachute, armored tank, glider and machine gun centuries before they were actually invented or even used.

In a lesser-known artist’s book, Albert Robida illustrated and wrote about an aerial rotating house back in 1883, imaging how life would be in the 20th century. Not only was the concept of a raised dwelling unheard of during that time, within the picture, a girl points to an airship shaped like a fish.

Those ideas may have seemed absurd that many years ago, but the reality is that they all exist today and are quite commonplace. The truth is that many of the dreams from science fiction yesterday, have become science fact, today.

The infographic below takes an eerie look at how many of the unprecedented gizmos from the popular TV show “Star Trek” are now ordinary devices that many of us use daily. Other gadgets shown are much more complex, such as laser weaponry and supercomputers. Their existence was still imagined long before they were actual reality.

We may not have flying cars and it is highly unlikely that we will be time travelling any time soon, but scientists have already made some tremendous breakthroughs that are changing our lives. Here are a some powerful examples:
  • ROBOTIC ARM - The neurobiology department at the University of Pittsburgh were able to build a robotic arm that a paraplegic woman can control using her thoughts. Although the device is still entirely lab-based due to it’s sheer bulk, it is believed that similar to other technologies, it will eventually shrink in size and become more efficient.
  • INVISIBILITY CLOAK - The British Columbian company HyperStealth Biotechnology is showcasing a prototype of a new fabric called Quantum Stealth that some are calling an invisibility cloak. It bends light waves around the wearer using batteries, mirrors or cameras. Not only does it block the subject from being seen visually, it also shields them from thermal scans and infrared.
  • SILK STRONGER THAN STEEL - A team of scientists from the University of Wyoming have genetically modified silkworms to spin silk that is ounce-for-ounce, stronger than steel. Benefits are thought to include everything from stronger sutures in the operating room to lightweight armor for the military.
  • SPRAY-ON SKIN - Avita Medical is working on a breakthrough using a new technology for skin grafting. A small piece of skin harvested from the patient, about the size of a matchbook, leaves behind something that resembles a rug burn. That is mixed with an enzyme harvested from pigs and sprayed onto the affected area, usually a burn. Within a week, the tiny graft expands and covers a space up to the size of a page from a book. Rejection has been minimal since the original graft came from the patient.
Many of new these technological trends are not only being used today but will only improve with more time and research. Welcome to the future!
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Hilary Loren Smith is a tech enthusiast and journalist living in the Windy City. In addition to covering the origins of technology, her writing also covers business communications, globalization, and media marketing.

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