Dating all the way back to the earliest sci-fi books, television and films, humans have been both fascinated and scared of what the future might hold. Whether it is imagination—or fear—that is driving technology and design forward, it’s safe to say that a lot of these concepts were in some way or another born out of a science fiction story concept. One only needs to bring up George Orwell’s classic book 1984 to start pinpointing predictions and similarities…and that’s just the sociology component.

Among other technology and design concepts we’ve seen come to life are the Replicator from Star Trek (3D Printers) to Skype Video Conferencing as seen in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Or how about eye scanners, 3D scanners and even hover boards and self-tying shoes? Let’s not forget Google Glass and a rising marketplace of Smart Watches?

The list could go on, but what’s important to consider is that we don’t need self-driving cars or exoskeleton flying suits to make us feel like we are ‘living in the future’…because ultimately, we already are.

But are we at a point where technology itself is outpacing our own imaginations?

Are we increasingly being driven by technology more than our imaginations are driving it?

via Raw Story.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.