“If imagination is magic, then science fiction is absolute wizardry!” –#Futurist Jim Carroll
(I can’t wait until all the science fiction purists pile on and get into a rant that the Jetsons were not science fiction. Whatever…)
Rosie the Robot – crazy idea ahead of its’ time? Not really – the idea of robots can be traced back decades. I have some Popular Mechanix magazine scans from the 1930’s that reference them, and they carry the same type of image as Rosie – big eyes, a square shape, clunky behaviour.
Many people always try to predict where we might be in the future by telling stories, and science fiction books, movies and comics have been a long part of the genre. What everyone knows is the it is a lot of fun to look back at past predictions and see what they got right – more often than not, whether its the Jetsons or Star Trek, people have had an uncanny ability to predict the future.
I’ll tell stories on stage this morning – I’m in Nashville as the opening speaker for the American Orthopaedic Executives annual conference. I’ll tell stories of 3D printed body parts, bionic hip replacements that report to your phone how well they are working, ingestible pills that will clean out some of the natural rubbish generated from body implants.
Here’s the thing – much of the science fiction that I will talk about is already almost here or will be here soon.
That’s why one of my phrases on stage is that ‘the future is closer than you think!’