Although it sounds incredible, there are certain science-fiction writers whose imagination has gone beyond normal and seems to have penetrated other dimensions. Time has become an abstract notion for them, as if they knew certain events or inventions from the future hundreds of years ago. We will also review some geniuses misunderstood in their time, who predicted in one form or another the future.
The list of geniuses who have had revelations about the evolution of technology or the world in general cannot begin with anyone but Jules Verne.
Often described as the “father of science fiction,” Verne accurately predicted the invention (and many details about) the submarine in 20,000 leagues under the sea. The story of “In the Year 2889” foretold the television news, imagining that instead of being printed, the Earth Chronicle is spoken every morning to subscribers, who, from interesting conversations with reporters, statesmen and scientists, find out the news of the day.
But perhaps none of Verne’s works had such a density of accurate predictions about the future as his book Paris in the Twentieth Century, a novel about a literature student who is unfamiliar with “modern” France trying to find his place. in the world. Verne’s portrait of 1960s Paris features, among others: gasoline cars crowding the streets; faxes and an Internet communications system; weapons of mass destruction; electronic music and related recording industry; an educational emphasis on technology instead of humanities (when the protagonist receives his literature degree, everyone in the audience screams and laughs at him), etc.
Note that Verne wrote “Paris in the Twentieth Century” in 1863.
Last but not least, through his short story, “From Earth to the Moon”, the brilliant writer predicted that man will be able to step on the surface of the Moon.
Philip K. Dick imagined a world full of virtual reality and holograms
Some of Phillip K. Dick’s most famous works, including Minority Report, were full of virtual and augmented reality. The author imagined worlds in which everything around you could be something else, thanks to electronics that altered the perception of reality.
We see, from one year to the next, how more and more games based on augmented reality are inaugurated, but also more and more devices meant to transpose you into a parallel reality of this type.
Robert Heinlein predicted the Cold War
Five years before the United States dropped its nuclear bombs, Heinlein predicted their existence and how they would lead to the Cold War. He imagined that the United States would be the first country to develop nuclear weapons and that a fierce and dangerous battle would ensue. What else can we say? The rest is history!
Edward Bellamy and credit cards
In his 1887 novel Looking Backward, Bellamy describes a concept relatively close to that of the modern credit card. In its future utopian society, established in 2000, citizens use a variety of credit cards, instead of physical money, to shop.
In the same book, Bellamy also describes what modern department stores are essentially.
Aldous Huxley predicted genetic engineering
Genetic engineering is without a doubt the most fascinating level of research for scientists, but it is also a very controversial topic in civil society today. Although we have the impression that it is a topical issue, recently published, well Aldous Huxley thought about it a long time ago.
Specifically, in his book “Brave New World”, written in 1931 and published a year later, Huxley imagines a future that is dominated by genetic engineering. In its future, humans are genetically modified to fit perfectly into different classes and societal structures.
Hugo Gernsback predicted FaceTime
In Hugo Gernsback’s Ralph 124C 41+, the author predicted video calls with what he called Telephoto. It was a large video screen that allowed people to talk to each other, as happens today in video calls on major social platforms and applications. Gernsback’s book was published in 1911, long before we had Skype or Facebook or any other type of application.
Arthur C. Clarke predicted smartwatches and satellites
Arthur C. Clarke first predicted satellite communications relays in a 1945 manuscript. as he called them.
The writer also imagined the internet, through which he believed that people would be able to do things like book tickets and buy food.
His imagination was true, wasn’t it? In fact, lately, the internet has been very popular with online shopping, especially for food…
Ray Bradbury predicted autonomous cars
Did you think that autonomous cars were an overnight idea in the last decade? No way! Ray Bradbury had been thinking about this since 1951.
He thought it was a matter of time before cars appeared on their own. Here we are in 2022 with numerous projects developed globally for car autonomy, especially by billionaire Elon Musk, at Tesla.
HG Wells predicted mobile phones and voicemail
Although voicemail is an obsolete concept today, it has served as a vital communication service for millions of people for years, and was foretold by writer Wells long before it appeared.
In “Men Like Gods” (1923), Wells invites readers to a futuristic utopia that is essentially the Earth after thousands of years of progress. In this alternative reality, people communicate exclusively with wireless systems that use a kind of mixing of voicemail and e-mail properties.
Moreover, Wells also imagined forms of entertainment in the future. In “When the Sleeper Wakes” (1899), the protagonist wakes up after two centuries of sleep in a dystopian London where citizens use wonderful forms of technology, such as audio books, airplanes and televisions.
Was it just pure imagination?