Flying cars, teleportation pods, Space Aliens Visitation.. I remember when I was a kid. We’ve been given the same task, to create a prediction of technology in the year 2000.. That was 1992, “Back to the Future Trilogy” was still fresh in our memories and we are so geeky about it. We believed that then, there will be a big leap in the field of science and technology in the year 2000 that it would be possible to skate board up in the air.. (Yeah, I’ve been a fan of Mighty Ducks movie too and Airborne.. )
Technology has always been an important aspect of human lives. We have always been under the impression that we’re advancing and our lifestyle is improved because of these new inventions we utilize in our daily lives. But of course, everything comes with a price. Disadvantages comes with the advantages. That’s why we have to be cautious. There are always drawbacks in technology. Its fatal for us if we keep on turning a blind eye. It’s in our nature to be self destructing sometimes.
Okay enough with the gloomy part. Now, let me tell you of one person whose predictions did came true, Jules Vernes. In case you don’t know him, He is best known for his novels Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), A Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). He is often popularly referred to as the “Father of Science Fiction”.
“Travel enables us to enrich our lives with new experiences, to enjoy and to be educated, to learn respect for foreign cultures, to establish friendships, and above all to contribute to international cooperation and peace throughout the world.”
Now, the reason I mentioned Jules Vernes is because most of his predictions really did come true (He’s a sci-fi writer. Not an engineer or a scientist) and I’d like to make my own prediction base on his.
Verne predicted many things he thought would occur in the 1960s. Some came true, but some were so prescient that by the 1960s, people had not yet reached the standard. Here are the examples:
- *Electric Submarines
In perhaps his most famous novel, “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”, Verne’s Captain Nemo travels the world’s oceans in a giant electric submarine, the Nautilus. Aside from its organ, formal dining room, and other luxuries, the Nautilus isn’t all that different from some modern subs, such as the circa-1964, three-passenger Alvin (pictured), which is powered by lead-acid batteries
Like Alvin, the Nautilus was fully powered by electricity, “which at that time had a kind of magical aura,” said Rosalind Williams, a historian of technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
In the book Captain Nemo describes electricity as “a powerful agent, obedient, rapid, easy, which conforms to every use, and reigns supreme on board my vessel.”
Mine – Underwater Cities
I checked on some sites regarding underwater stuffs, there were already underwater restaurants and some other underwater vacation spots. So it won’t be long when people decided to live underwater, literally, with the tunnels and submarines and stuffs. Now that population just keeps on growing. We’ll never know, maybe in 5 years, there’ll be an underwater subdivisions.
In an 1889 article, “In the Year 2889,” Jules Verne described an alternative to newspapers: “Instead of being printed, the Earth Chronicle is every morning spoken to subscribers, who, from interesting conversations with reporters, statesmen and scientists, learn the news of the day.”
The first newscast didn’t happen until 1920, according to the Associated Press—nearly 30 years after Verne imagined it. The first network-television newscast would have to wait another 28 years, according to CBS News. By 1974 millions were able to watch U.S. President Richard Nixon resign on TV..
Mine – Virtual Newscast in cellphones
It’s already out there. It’s a machine-created person who broadcasts the news on the Internet. The virtual newscaster is available 24 hours per day to deliver any and all kinds of information and news bulletins. He or she becomes a familiar character that you identify with every time you get the news. Instead of a news anchor, it would be an avatar. And it would be great if it can be access through cellphones.. in hologram
In “In the Year 2889” Jules Verne describes the “phonotelephote”—a forerunner to today’s videoconferencing technologies
The phonotelephote allowed “the transmission of images by means of sensitive mirrors connected by wires,” Verne wrote.
Verne’s phonotelephote is one of the earliest—if not the earliest—reference to a videophone in fiction, according to Technovelgy.com, a website that catalogs inventions and ideas from science fiction.
Verne’s imagination was also heavily influenced by scientific and technical journals, MIT’s William said.
“He read voraciously,” she said. “He went to the men’s club where all these journals were and he took notes…”
Mine – Video Conference in 3D
well, I’m not sure if there’s someone trying to invent such. But it would be great if you video conferencing in hologram. 🙂 you can see the one you talk to in 3d. Just like in Star Wars.
Jules Verne’s favorite topic of speculation was the vehicle, but he also wrote about weapons that didn’t yet exist. For example, in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, he described a gun that delivers a strong electric jolt, much like a Taser “electronic control device”.
Of his device, Verne wrote: “The balls sent by this gun are not ordinary balls, but little cases of glass. These glass cases are covered with a case of steel, and weighted with a pellet of lead; they are real Leyden bottles”—18th-century devices used to store static electricity—”into which the electricity is forced to a very high tension. With the slightest shock they are discharged, and the animal, however strong it may be, falls dead.”
Verne didn’t portray all his inventions as beneficial. “It is a mistake to think he is presenting all these gee-whiz gadgets as something desirable,” MIT’s Williams said.
“Verne is all too keenly aware of the military and policing potential of new inventions, and highly distrustful of contemporary societies to use them wisely and justly.”
Mine – Ghostbusters’ Proton Pack or Tase Bomb
😀 All this haunted places and ghost stories. If only we could create a gun that could repel this unwanted forces. We don’t need to be scared on passing through such as the balete drive or spending a night in haunted hotels.. 😀
.. or if it’s not feasible. Why not a Taser Bomb? Now, that’s cool right? A bomb of electricity in 10-15 meters radius
.. Okay, I think that’s all about it. Of course, these are all just products of my imagination. I’m not really into science stuff (that much) but so as Jules Vernes. And also, you know, even Einstein said. “Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
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