The human imagination is limitless.
August 22, 1920 was born the famous American writer ray Douglas Bradbury. It is often attributed to science fiction writers and is considered the founder of many traditions of the genre. In fact, however, the works of Bradbury covers not only the genre of science fiction. However, in many of his works he actually predicted the future and how we live now.
People are curious by nature and loves different kinds of predictions, especially if they are optimistic. Not only psychics, mediums and fortune tellers can see into the future and foresee events. This ability to have many writers, in the books which often describe things that are unknown in their time. 25 books, which put forward a bold and, most importantly, correct guesses about future technologies and developments.
25. Mars has two natural satellites
The presence of moons does Mars have predicted Jonathan swift in 1735.
Such a surprisingly accurate guess can be found on the pages of the book “Gulliver’s Travels written by Jonathan swift in 1735. Only 142 years later, in 1872, the satellites of the red planet — Phobos and Deimos — were discovered by astronomers.
24. Solar sails
Solar sail (IKAROS) after 145 years after the inception of the idea.
In 1865 fantasy novel “From the earth to the moon” Jules Verne put forward the idea of solar sails. This bold conjecture was embodied after 145 years, when were used the first solar sail (IKAROS).
23. Submarine on electricity
Electric submarines were described by Jules Verne.
In the book “20,000 leagues under the sea” (1870) the same is True of amazing submarine the Nautilus runs on electricity. Real submarine with electric motor appeared 90 years later — in the 60 years of the twentieth century.
22. Credit card
The emergence of credit cards has been predicted for 62 years before their invention.
Edward Bellamy predicted credit cards in his fantastic piece “a Look back” for 62 years before their invention, which occurred in 1962.
21. The air is
Smoke trail as advertising.
And again, going back to Jules Verne. Rich imagination suggested to the writer the idea of aerial advertising when the label is plotted as a plane in the air by a smoke trail. Guess was made in the story, written in 1889. Realized it pretty soon — in 1915 at the air show in San Francisco.
20. Automatic sliding door
Automatic sliding door by Hg wells in 60 years.
Another great science fiction writer, Hg wells, predicted the emergence of automatic sliding doors in the novel “When the sleeper awakes” (1899). This type of door was invented 60 years.
“The land ironclads” of the present.
A few years later, wells wrote the story “the Land ironclads” (1903), which described the tanks. 13 years later, these combat vehicles appeared on the battlefields of the First world war…
18. Lie detector
Lie detectors were first mentioned in literature in 1910.
In the literature the first mention of the lie detector can be found in the work of E. Balmer and B. Machiene “Luther Trent” (The Achievements of Luther Trant, 1910). The first real use of the polygraph occurred in 1924.
17. Solar energy
Solar energy for the benefit of mankind.
In 1911 Hugo Gernsback began the publication of his novel “Ralph 124C 41+” (list of books with the strangest titles, this work can also take its rightful place) in the magazine Modern Electrics. One of the technological predictions related to the use of solar energy for the benefit of mankind. It has been 67 years, and in 1978 appeared the first calculators that is recharged by the energy of our sun.
16. The atomic bomb
The invention of the atomic bomb and nuclear war was described in 1914 by Gilberton wells.
One of the most dire predictions made by Hg wells, which, unfortunately, became a reality, the invention of the atomic bomb and nuclear war described in the book “Liberated world” (1914). A little more than three decades, and atomic bombs fell on Japanese cities. By the way, in the same novel by English writer told about cheap nuclear power.
15. Voice mail
Voice mail — a service for those who do not want to strain your eyes, from Hg wells.
A little more time — about 57 years — needed to implement the predictions of wells about using Voicemail (novel “Men like gods”). The spread of this innovation received after 1980.
14. Artificial insemination
John. B. S. Haldane first suggested the idea of artificial insemination.
John. B. S. Haldane became famous as a brilliant popularizer of science and a prominent scientist. In one of his books, “Daedalus, or science and the future” (1924), along with other interesting guesses he suggested the idea of artificial insemination. First successful “in vitro fertilisation” was held after more than five decades, in 1973.
13. Genetic engineering
Even Aldous Huxley gave a vivid description of genetic engineering.
In his famous dystopia “brave new world” Aldous Huxley gave a vivid description of genetic engineering. The level described in the book, today’s science has not yet reached, although the first genetic manipulation began in 1972.
12. Total control
“Big Brother sees you.”
Quite an impressive picture of total state control over its citizens painted by George Orwell in his book “1984” written in 1948. And in 2013 the scandal related to espionage activities of the NSA, which bugged the phones of many American and foreign citizens.
11. Earphone type “drop”
Ray Bradbury was ahead of Apple in 50 years.
Description this type miniature headphones can be found on the pages of the novel of ray Bradbury “451 degrees Fahrenheit”, published in 1950. Music lovers had to wait a little more than half a century, until Apple released the first headphones of this type.
10. Communication satellites
Arthur C. Clarke suggested the emergence of satellites in 1951.
In the “Space Odyssey 2001” (1951) is an American science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke predicted the emergence in the orbit of the Earth artificial satellites. We had to wait long — already in 1965 launched the first such satellite.
9. Virtual reality
Virtual reality — guess science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke.
Five years later, Clark wrote “the city and the stars”, which refers to video games in virtual reality. In 1966, only 10 years later, developed the first flight simulator, embodied in the life of this guess brilliant science fiction.
8. Water beds
In the 1961 book “Stranger in a strange land” for the first time describes the water beds.
Distinguished in the field of divination and other famous science fiction writer Robert Heinlein. In the 1961 book “Stranger in a strange land” describes water beds, and the first patent for them was issued in 1971.
7. Space tourism
Just a little bit, and space tourism will grow.
The idea of space travel for tourism purposes was expressed by Clark in the novel “lunar dust”, and in practice for the first time made Dennis Tito the first space tourist.
6. The European Union
The European Union was formalized in 1993.
In the book of John Brunner “stand on Zanzibar” (1969), you can find mention of the European Union, which received official registration in 1993.
5. Bionic prosthetics
Technological prostheses in the twenty-first century.
Martin Caidin expressed this idea in her “Cyborg” (1972). 41 years later, in 2013, was created the first bionic prosthetic leg.
4. The real-time translation
From the “Babel fish” Douglas Adams 1980 to Google apps in 2014.
In a humorous work of Douglas Adams “Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy” (1980), “the Babel fish” that can translate from one language to another in real time. In 2014 Google introduced the feature of real-time translation in your application.
3. World network
A worldwide network of Internet has covered the whole world.
The founder of the cyberpunk genre William Gibson’s novel “Neuromancer” had predicted the emergence of cyberspace and hacking. In the early 90s, the worldwide web or simply the Internet, began to embrace the web of the Earth, engaging in their virtual network, more and more PC users.
2. The best chess player among the people will be beaten by the computer until 2000
Today’s match between man and computer has lost all sports sense.
Such forecast was made by Raymond Kurzweil in the book “the Age of intelligent machines” published in 1990, when chess computers were still quite weak and almost without problems played by grandmasters. However, after only 7 years, the supercomputer Deep Blue defeated Garry Kasparov, the strongest player in the world. Today chess programs are so strong that the match between man and computer has lost all sports sense.
1. The lunar module will be launched in Florida and returned to the Earth, will crash in the ocean
The landing of the astronauts in the ocean predicted by Jules Verne in the novel “From the earth to the moon” (1865).
For 104 years before the flight “Apollo-11” to the moon that’s how it was described in the novel of Jules Verne “From the earth to the moon” (1865). In the same scenario it went in reality — a team of American astronauts led by Neil Armstrong splashed down in a special module and was soon picked up by carrier “Hornet”.
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