27 science fictions that became facts

December 23rd, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Buzzfeed has 27 science fictions that became facts in 2012. As Stats Chat points out, some of them are debatable, but still very interesting. Some of them are:

  • Quadriplegic Uses Her Mind to Control Her Robotic Arm
  • Self-Driving Cars Are Legal in Nevada, Florida, and California
  • Voyager I Leaves the Solar System
  • Flexible, Inexpensive Solar Panels Challenge Fossil Fuel

I always recall how much of the Sci Fi of the 1970s is in common use today.

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8 Responses to “27 science fictions that became facts”

  1. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Winston Peters pays back the money he took?

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  2. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    He said science fiction Lee, not fairy stories.

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  3. insider (1,000 comments) says:

    Still waiting for light sabres and warp drives though

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  4. tvb (4,210 comments) says:

    I am waiting for warp drive. It is theoretically possible but probably not for another 100 years at least.

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  5. ChrisM (92 comments) says:

    The solar cell costs are not anywhere near fossil fuel prices. Though the 40c/ W they speculate would be good if they can mass produce it, the power can only have a 20% load factor. For self obvious reasons, it won’t be much good for general households without very expensive batteries. That is where the big costs are. Having said that, there are large niche markets that cheap solar cells open up.

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  6. Left Right and Centre (2,821 comments) says:

    The All Blacks winning another Rugby World Cup

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  7. iMP (2,245 comments) says:

    Arnie Swartz has real Total Recall, and its stranger than fiction.

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  8. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    I absolutely know we all waiting for Virtual Reality in the home. Instead we’ll get holograms of politicians in public places giving us PC messages and feel like we being watched. Wait on, we are

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