It’s 2017 and we don’t have flying cars, robot housekeepers, or teleportation devices.
I remember the first time a car spoke to me. “Keys are in the ignition, keys are in the ignition.” I let it run for a few minutes, I was too blown away by the fact that a car was talking to me. It was the first time I felt like I was living in the future.
Where does that future usually start? In the cinema. So we asked 17 typeformers to share all the movie technology they wished was real. The result? Interesting insights into our colleagues’ dream technology.
1. Digitally transcribed letter writing service in Her (2013).
Whilst I wouldn’t really be a fan of outsourcing something as intimate as writing a letter, the idea of a service that transcribes spoken content into our own printed handwriting is pretty cool. In an increasingly digital age, it’s nice to have something tangible that combines personality with practicality.
Copywriter and Email Marketer
2. Uploaded learning from The Matrix (1999).
In The Matrix, Neo starts his learning process by having his physical body connected to a computer that can upload anything into his brain. A few seconds later he says “I know Kung Fu.” Imagine learning in seconds what takes months or even years. Young people could avoid spending their early years studying. Instead they could do something useful and creative. Any new technology would be introduced faster and with a completely vertical learning curve.
3. Dream Sharing device (PASIV) from Inception (2010).
It’s easy to imagine a dark, Black Mirror-esque reality where people prefer dreaming to our physical world. But on the other side of the coin (or whatever your totem would be 😉 ), you could go to sleep and get some rest while you sail around the world and visualize the potential of your subconscious. We could for example learn a new programming language overnight.
4. Freezing yourself to live in the future from Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery (1997).
How awesome would it be to spend half your life in one age, go take a nap, and wake up 500 years later?
5. Pee-wee’s bike in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985).
I’d like the bike from Pee-wee’s Big Adventure please.
6. Teleportation devices in Star Trek Series (1966).
We’d be able to save a lot of time and visit lots of places.
7. A miniaturizing laser from Innerspace (1987) or Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989).
In “Innerspace”, the main character is miniaturized in a submersible pod and injected into a man. It would be awesome to be able to see the human body from inside like that. Or anything, actually. Plants, animals, computers…
Senior Frontend Developer
8. James Bond’s submarine Lotus Esprit in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
It’s a car… then it turns into a submarine. I’m not sure what else I need to explain. It’s better not to ask why, as to be honest, it’s very rare I need a car at all, let alone one that can turn into a submarine. But it has a periscope, and missiles for destroying pursuing helicopters. So do I want one? Yes.
9. OS from Her (2013).
The OS from “Her”, only they never abandon you. They’re cool AF.
10. The Nutri-Matic in Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005).
You can have all the food you want, instantly. Forever. Who wouldn’t want that? Also, the food looked very delicious.
11. Morning routine companion thing in The Jetsons (1962).
It would be great to have a robot take me through my morning routine: coffee, shower, breakfast, commute… All while I’m still asleep. I could wake up at the office doorstep and be completely refreshed.
12. The surrogates from Surrogates (2009).
The concept that you could cross great distances to explore places and do things otherwise not afforded by your physical form is very enticing. Especially for people with physical limitations, this is one of the most exciting future inevitabilities.
Head of APIs
13. Reality Sunglasses from They Live (1988).
Imagine you’re walking down the street and you’re surrounded by aliens that want to destroy the planet. This pair of sunglasses will allow you to see that. And I want them.
14. HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968
If I was ever trapped in space I think HAL would be a good companion.
15. The Hoverboard from Back to the Future (1985).
Carrying them in elevators wouldn’t be a problem and I wouldn’t even have to worry about stepping in dog poop. Also, I’d commute to work in a really cool way.
Strategic Customer Consultant
16. Interstellar travel in Interstellar (2013).
Imagine being able to travel, explore, and learn more knowledge about the universe. There’s just so much to discover.
17. 3D User interface from Minority Report (2002).
The 3D holograms let you manipulate information with your hands. I wish it existed and that we could work like this already instead of sitting in front of our screens with a mouse and a keyboard.
Head of Home Team
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