reply to post by SLAYER69
You have to think, the OP was right generally Sci Fi is based in some sort of reality whether that be theoretical or some real piece of tech that
someone like James Cameron has been privy to that the rest of us haven't. I mean super elite movie stars and producers and directors have always
kind of gotten the inside scoop on some military tech because they have 100s of millions of dollars at their disposal and friends in very high places.
So let's go down the list.......for some more "out there" examples...
Men In Black
Now for the scary part some Sci Fi movies that actually were dead on in pegging technology that has caught the public eye or is just starting
Total Recall - introduced the concept of total body scanning i.e. TSA
Minority Report 2002 - multi-touch interface
Real life 1979, The Running Man 1987, The Truman Show 1998 - All introduced us to the idea of reality television which has as of late become the
increasingly popular #1 genre.
The Terminator (1984) - Unmanned, Intelligent Hunter-Killer Aircraft - The US military has been using the MQ-9 Reaper, a drone designed especially
for bombing runs. (And yes, it is actually referred to as a "hunter-killer" aircraft.) since 2007 in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Americathon (1979) - The Geopolitical Milieu - It's a little surprising that this broad satire is out of print and nearly impossible to find,
given that its cast includes such notable comedic actors as John Ritter, Fred Willard, George Carlin and Jay Leno. It takes place in 1998 and depicts
an American government so financially insolvent that it has to stage a telethon in order to put the national coffers in the black. Besides
skyrocketing US debt, the film also made several other accurate predictions, including the collapse of the USSR, China's turn towards capitalism and
superpower status, adultery in the White House and the rise of Nike as a powerful corporation. There's even a jab at exploitative reality television
when the telethon features a "mother-son boxing match." (Anyone remember Celebrity Boxing?
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - Private Spaceflight, Voiceprint ID - No, we still haven't achieved the casual, routine style of space commuting
depicted in Stanley Kubrick's sci-fi opus, but companies like Virgin Galactic are currently working to make sub-orbital and orbital travel available
to private citizens. The film's depiction of spaceflight even included some advances that would only later be incorporated into conventional air
transportation, including personal in-flight entertainment (which would appear in the ’80s) and flat-screen television displays. 2001 also featured
voiceprint identification technology, which would actually be developed in the mid-’70s, and videophones, which have in fact existed since the
’20s but never came into widespread use until recently (in the form of video-capable cell phones and internet programs like Skype). It's true that
people generally prefer not to use videophones for everyday purposes.However, people today do use videophones to communicate with faraway family
members, just as the character of Heywood Floyd uses the technology in 2001.
etc....etc...etc......many more examples exist one thing however that stands out glaringly to me is a piece of technology that came out in 1964 a
crucial and deadly piece of technology in aircraft I have not seen rivaled yet and it came out 47 yrs ago??? Although equipped with defensive
electronic countermeasures, the SR-71's greatest protection was its high top speed, which made it almost invulnerable to the attack technologies of
the time; over the course of its service life, not one was shot down, despite over 4,000 attempts to do so. All the pilot had to do was to accelerate.
Top speed of Mach 3.2+ (2200 mph+) was recently declassified and released to the public. This aircraft made the flight from New York to London in 1
hour 54 minutes and 56 seconds for comparison a flight in the best commercial Concorde would take 2hrs 52 min, and the Boeing 747 averages 6 hrs 15
If we had this almost fifty years ago and then stealth planes came in to the public knowlege in the 1980s what is there now? There have been no major
excitements in the past 20 years in my opinion. I could be wrong but not something that just jumps up and screams I'm the best! Like it was before,
maybe it's because the US doesn't care if they're the best anymore or maybe we are but we don't want anyone else to know that way they can't
steal the information ???? Not sure but if the programs that existed 20-50 years ago are still operational there's no telling what they have
developed that WE know nothing about. .