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Does science fiction predict the future? This short production by Economist Films will entertainingly inform you about the relationship between science fiction and science fact. Paying homage to sci-fi and all of its fandom, this film isn’t just for aficionados, but for anyone with a stake in science, technology or the future. If you’re curious about where visionaries like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos get their inspiration, getAbstract recommends you watch this film.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How science fiction has inspired real-world innovations and
  • How sci-fi allows ordinary people to understand the implications of future technologies.

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Economist Films produces documentaries that investigate economic, social and political issues.



Science fiction has shown the world flying cars, robot rule and The Matrix. More than mere whimsy, these ideas are future possibilities. Works of science fiction have shaped many modern technologies: Cellphone inventor Martin Cooper took his inspiration from Captain Kirk’s pocket-sized telecommunication device on the original Star Trek series. The sci-fi show’s talking computer inspired Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to develop the Alexa voice technology. Science fiction also counts among its fans technologist Elon Musk, who is building rockets to deliver people to Mars. Rockets, submarines and helicopters are now part of everyday human life, but these and many other inventions first manifested in the imaginations of sci-fi writers.

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