Discuss any piece of technology that we have now that was seen in science fiction before it was made in real life.

A piece of technology that was seen in science fiction before it was made in real life is the HAL 9000 from Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The computer anticipates the oppressive aspects of artificial intelligence and interactive devices.

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If one is fond of the Star Trek franchise, their article could center on the communicator and the way that it presaged flip phones and cellphone technology. If one is drawn to movies, they might want to discuss 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 movie adaptation of Arthur Clarke’s...

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If one is fond of the Star Trek franchise, their article could center on the communicator and the way that it presaged flip phones and cellphone technology. If one is drawn to movies, they might want to discuss 2001: A Space Odyssey, Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 movie adaptation of Arthur Clarke’s short story “The Sentinel.”

One can compare the video-conferencing device that Dr. Heywood Floyd uses near the start of the film to Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, or any number of technologies that allow people to communicate with one another both audibly and visually. The scene between Floyd and his daughter might remind some of pandemic commercials that feature people warmly communicating with one another via a video-conferencing medium of some kind.

In a less optimistic development, one could discuss how the HAL 9000 computer forecasted the harm that artificial intelligence and interactive computer technology might bring to real life. At one point in Kubrick’s film, Floyd and his partner hide so that they can talk about the nefarious impact of HAL 9000 without him overhearing. The scene anticipates the omniscient presence of AI and algorithmic technology. It can follow people everywhere, even when they don’t want it to. The totalitarian aspect of technology could be why some people are currently hiding their phones and trying a digital detox.

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