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6 Movies About Our Present & Near Future…From the Past

by Jessica Bene

How accurate were these flicks at predicting our technology, government conspiracies, and entertainment?

1. Back to the Future Part II (1989)

We all know this one: by 2015 we should be dressing like the kids from the Disney channel Xenon movies—spandex is becoming suspiciously popular on college girls. We should also have hover boards and street legal flying cars. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find a hot pink hoverboard at the mall lately, but theres still a few months left in 2014 to figure that one out. We do have tablet computers, video conferencing, the ability to watch multiple channels at once, and flat screen TVs.

2. Blade Runner (1982)

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Thankfully, haven’t seen any replicants lately, but that might be due to some excellent handy-work of some ex-cops. Artificial intelligence or synthetic humans may not be as advanced as the movie by 2019, but with current stem cell and technology advances, it doesn’t seem as far fetched as it might have in 1982. Flying police cars also a reality in this version of the future in 2019.

3. I, Robot (2004)

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Set in 2020 and 2035, I, Robot features robotic artificial intelligence used for public service jobs that are eventually evolve and become dangerous thanks to V.I.K.I. In this future, the robots develop the ability to think and interpret their “rules” for themselves. The cars and road systems also operate themselves, and Spooner is looked upon as a rebel for all of his “vintage” technology like old alarm clock, converse shoes, and later in the movie is able to avoid V.I.K.I by driving a motorcycle that wasn’t hooked into the system. Technology in cars like this could definitely be realistic considering there are already features like remote start, OnStar, and parking assist.

4. Cherry 2000 (1988)

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According to Cherry 2000, within three years we should have sexually functional robotic women (gynoids)! Not to mention, most sexual activity will have contracts with lawyers involved. Not to mention this is all in a post-apocalyptic style world where 20th century tech is valued higher than 21st century tech, because America is in an economic crisis, causing the country to be a wasteland of all that we have now.

5. Death Race (2008)

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Originally written in 1975, Death Race is set in 2012, in economically devastated America, where privately owned prisons become ubiquitous because of a rapid increase in crime. In this world, the criminals get a pardon from the warden if they win five booby-trapped car races. The murder of his wife leads the main character to pose as a contestant named Frankenstein, who only had one race left to win; unfortunately things don’t go quite as planned. What a blissful world they dreamt up in 1975.

6. Surrogates (2009)

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Set in 2017, Surrogates shows us the slippery slope of relying on robotics and technology to keep ourselves safe. The surrogate bodies originally to allow a person to be anyone they want turned against them when it is discovered a virus was created to destroy the surrogate and destroy the person connected to it. Did I mention the whole government conspiracy part? Clearly the future is brimming with those.

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Stephen R. Bierce June 10, 2014 - 12:38 am

Being an anime fan I have to mention PATLABOR, which was made in the Eighties but set in the previous decade. A disasterous earthquake in Japan and the reconstruction that followed spurs on the technology of robotics, leading to supersuits six times the size of the human body called “labors”. The Police in Japan have developed the Patrol Labor–the Patlabor–as a response to criminals who use the machines for sabotage or terrorism.
In the movie, a computer programmer has suicided, leaving behind a virus program in a vital mainframe in a labor factory. The heroes of Patlabor Unit 2 learn that an approaching typhoon will activate the virus and make it spread through computers and labors all over Japan, causing them to go berserk. They must break into the factory, fight their way through infected hordes of robots and other hazards to stop the threat at its source.

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