We all sleep, and that's not likely to change in the future. Still, technology has proven its ability to transform our everyday lives, so what about every night? Let's take a look at science fiction for a glimpse into the bedrooms of tomorrow. There are plenty of sleep-focused gadgets available already, from white-noise machines helping you drift off to SAD lights that wake you up, and various apps and gadgets to improve the quality of your slumber in between. So it's not much of a stretch to think science fiction movies and stories might suggest ways of getting better rest or making better use of all that time spent in bed.According to many sci-fi stories, in the future we'll probably be sleeping a lot more -- for decades or even centuries, in fact. That's the theory behind cryosleep, which involves freezing people in suspended animation during the lengthy stretches of time required to travel across the vastness of space.Cryosleep factors into loads of movies, from Alien to Avatar, … [Read more...] about Dreams of the future: How sci-fi sees sleep
In 1982, Ridley Scott's Blade Runner created a dystopic template for science fiction that still influences films and TV 37 years later. Now that we're living in 2019, when the iconic film was set, let's see how our present measures up to the bleak imagined future of the film and the Philip K. Dick novel that inspired it. Andys and replicantsAt the heart of Blade Runner and Dick's 1968 story Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? are bioengineered androids, known as "andys" in the book and "replicants" in the movie. Attempts to come up with lifelike robots have taken us into the uncanny valley to meet the slightly off-putting likes of eerie "robot goddess" Jia Jia or a humanoid bot that looks like Albert Einstein. But even with their malleable skin and carefully programmed facial expressions, they can't fool our instinctive recognition of real faces the way andys and replicants can. The super-advanced androids and replicants of Blade Runner, of course, do have their limits. … [Read more...] about Original Blade Runner vs. today’s tech: Is the film’s 2019 future here?
It’s December—traditionally, not a month that brings too many book releases, but there are still plenty of juicy sci-fi and fantasy stories to help get you through the rest of the year. We’ve got you covered with dragons, interstellar treasure hunters, apocalypses, werewolves, evil AI, and so much more! The Frame-Up by Megan Scott Molin A comic book writer is called in to help the LAPD’s investigation when someone starts copycatting crimes from her favorite comic book. Could a real superhero (and a real supervillain) be roaming the streets of Los Angeles? (Dec. 1) The Clan Chronicles: Tales from Plexis edited by Julie E. Czerneda The bustling interstellar shopping center and meeting point known as Plexis Supermarket, well-known to fans of the author’s Clan Chronicles series, is the setting for this collection, which features 23 new stories by Czerneda and others. (Dec. 4) Fire and Heist by Sarah Beth Durst A teenage girl whose family members are all a) … [Read more...] about December’s New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Will Help You Get Through the End of 2018
At CES 2018, Samsung wowed the crowds with a wall sized TV, using a technology called "MicroLED." This wasn't the first time we've heard about the tech. Both Sony and Samsung demoed a similar technology the year before for movie theaters and other huge-screen commercial uses. Sony even dropped hints about it as early as 2014.But "The Wall" is different. At 146 inches, it's absolutely gigantic. But even more significantly, it's actually going to ship this year. Although the price is still a mystery, The Wall will go on sale this August, making MicroLED the first brand-new display technology to be commercialized in more than a decade. The last was OLED, which debuted on the Sony XEL-1 in 2008 and now dominates the picture quality race. Now playing: Watch this: Samsung's huge 146-inch TV is called The Wall 1:14 MicroLED can also power tiny screens. Apple currently uses OLED displays for the iPhone X and Apple Watch, but it's reportedly developing its own in-house MicroLED … [Read more...] about MicroLED is the first new screen tech in a decade. Can it beat OLED?
The film '12 to the Moon' depicted a moon landing by an international crew -- which back in 1960 seemed like pure science fiction. Now, it's history. Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images It can be overwhelming to make this realization, but we're now actually living in the future that science fiction books and films have been telling us about for so long. And for the most part, these authors and filmmakers did a pretty decent job of predicting what the future might hold for us -- technologically speaking, anyway. For every laughably off-base sci-fi prediction (flying cars, memory implants, alien interaction, the list goes on), there's one that's almost eerily on the mark (the dead-on iPad prototype in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"). Even fairy tales and fantasy stories from centuries ago will get it right every so often. It's a stretch, but you could call the magic mirror in "Beauty and the Beast" an 18th-century predecessor of FaceTime and Skype. The magic … [Read more...] about Does science fiction predict tech innovations?