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It bothers me when sci-fi shows say they are X years in the future, and they have this one amazing technological advancement, however, once you start watching the show you see that general life and other technologies are pretty much the same as today.

Even worse if the series tries to save itself by saying stuff: 'We live so far in the future, but we just like to do stuff the old fashioned way.'

I think that such sci-fi stories that don't try to show off their vision of the future show a lack of creativity.


I was just thinking about this the other day. Even movies or books that do a pretty decent job at consistently leveling up all tech, don't even bother to think about the possible cultural changes that would occur. Think, if you went back in time to the 1300's, the first thing you would notice is how differently people think and behave, even before the lack of electricity hit you. Or at least, I'd notice it first.

In one thousand years, what is our culture going to be like? I think gender will be far more fluid, AI will become so advanced that basic menial jobs won't exist anymore so there will be a massive poor/rich disparity, people will have far less children and generally not value childrearing as much, religion will probably be almost completely irrelevant, and I could go on for ages...


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most sci-fi in one picture


even series that try to predict social change usually just do it as some extreme of current popular social movements. That's why I think cyberpunk was the most realistic genre of science fiction, because it predicted a radically different future, but only about 50 years ahead of ours and many of the stories depicted the active advance of technology throughout the series (sprawl trilogy had a lot of examples of this). So if there's anything we can reasonably predict about the future, it's how dynamic it will be. Imagine everything that happened in 2016 condensed into one month: this is an idea of what 2020 must look like.


read transmetropolitan by warren ellis!


The years ahead in a current sci-fi is like the distance away from a dartboard, if shooting for a prophetic bullseye.


Sci-fi doesn't neccessarily need to predict the future, but what it can provide is inspiration for us to act on in the real world.

Star trek popularised the idea of replicators, and now so many clever scientists and engineers are looking at how to make something like that. Star trek also brought teleportation into pop culture, and many physicists are banging their heads on the wall on how to make it happen.

Great sci-fi shows should be less about predicting, more about inspiring IMHO.