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Science Fiction as a Major Driving ForceBehind New Technological Developments
 by Linda Baumane
MRes Digital Art and TechnologyUniversity of Plymouth2012
 
Table of Contents
Introduction........................................................................................................1
Technologies That Were Predicted by Science Fiction...............................................2Rockets...............................................................................................2Car Design..........................................................................................4Mobile Phones....................................................................................5Remote Control Warfare.....................................................................6Surveillance and Security...................................................................7Technologically Enhanced Humans...................................................7Cyberspace.........................................................................................8The Evolution of the Computer..........................................................9Case studies: Russia..........................................................................10Future Technologies That Are Promised by Science Fiction.....................................17Starships and Space Travel................................................................17Robots and Artificial Intelligence......................................................21Time Travel........................................................................................23 Conclusion.................................................................................................................25The Project.................................................................................................................28 Notes..........................................................................................................................32Photo credits..............................................................................................................34Bibliography..............................................................................................................35 
 
There may have been a time, in the morning of the world, beforeSputnik, when the empires of our SF dreams were governed according to rules neatly written out in the pages of 
Astounding,
and we could all play the game of a future we all shared, readers,writers, fans... But something happened. The future began to cometrue.
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 No matter how far back in history we look, we will see that our ancestors have always had theurge to transform and escape from the reality. They imagined powerful gods, mythical creatures,strange societies, etc. Most of them were misconceptions, based on faulty understanding of the world.But as time passed by and their daily lives became more and more influenced by science, a new type of fiction was born – Science Fiction.
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It significantly differed from the previous fiction genres as its maindistinctive characteristic was the nonviolation of scientific laws and theories.The aim of this work is to investigate the influence that science fiction has had (and still has)upon our culture, particularly upon the development of new technologies. It will argue that theimportance of this genre is highly underestimated and that its impact is much greater than we mightthink or want to admit. The main argument for this is science fiction's seeming ability to predict thefuture.Therefore this work will look at the relationship between science and science fiction and howthey both influence each other. It will:1.Explore the origin of some the most commonly used technologies of today and see if there isany link with science fiction.2.Look at the most common science fiction ideas and research whether there is a possibility thatthey could become the next big technological achievement.3.Try to find out whether it is possible to come up with an idea/concept for a new technology thatscience fiction has not already thought of.

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