How has Science Fiction influenced really existing science and technology?
Hello again and apologies for not refreshing the previous discussion topic over the past couple of weeks, but I was unavoidably indisposed. On the other hand, there were some great contributions from Wesson, Rick Tornello, Gordon Rowlinson, Ironspider, Meghashri, dandrew72 and Michele Dutcher – all of which just go to underscore Michele’s point in the latest editorial.
Bearing in mind Meghashri’s comment – “Spying where you go, what you do seems OK as long as they don't read the thoughts ...” – I came across this today in the Economist: “Elon Musk, the world’s most restless entrepreneur, has embarked on yet another venture. Not satisfied with reusable rockets, electric cars, giant batteries, vacuum trains and underground roads, his latest firm, Neuralink, hopes one day to build a working brain-machine interface (BMI), which would let its user control computers simply by thinking.” This comes from an article called “THE NOVELIST WHO INSPIRED ELON MUSK” (https://www.1843magazine.com/culture/the-daily/the-novelist-who-inspired-elon-musk) and the novelist in question turns out to have been Ian M. Banks.
So the question is ‘How has Science Fiction influenced really existing science and technology?’ Are there any other examples of SF writers or SF fiction preparing the way for real developments in science and technology? Is there anything you have written that has turned out to be true? Is there anything you have written that you think could turn out to be true? Let us know below.
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