Join David D. Levine for an in-depth discussion in this video How do you think science fiction relates to today's technology?, part of Insights from David D. Levine Writer Designer and Engineer.
I think we're totally living in the science fiction future. I mean, science fiction has never been about predicting the future. If you look at, if you look at science fiction as an attempt to predict the future you'll get, you'll get the wrong idea about what it's trying to do. Science fiction is never about the future, science fiction is always about the present. If science fiction predicts the future, it's not so much because the story was prescient as because the story was about something that people wanted.
And so, it's not so much that science fiction predicts the future, as it the future predicts science fiction. If you look at what people want, in the future if you look at what people fear about the future, then those ideas those, those ideas about society and about technology, about what they hope or fear will happen, that's what people write science fiction stories and make science fiction movies about. So, what people put in their science fiction is what people are thinking about. Which means that some other people are probably building those very things.
So you find that science fiction writers write about things. That people then wind up building for the same reason the science fiction writer wrote about it in the first place. We're also seeing some cool stuff happening where, science fictional concepts like the, the flip open communicator or the little tablet, that they, they used both of those things on Star Trek back in the sixties. And people actually built them and I think in many cases, the real life product was actually based on the science fictional concept. I think the, the flip phone was definitely influenced by the communicator and iPad is definitely influenced by those little pads; they carried around in Star Trek the Next Generation.
So we are living in the science fiction future, because we've built the products and the technologies that the people that wrote the science fiction stories were thinking about at the same time. So, we're living in the future that the science fiction writers predicted, because the technologists were reading that science fiction, and they actually built those cool things that they read about and saw, and saw on the screen