Reality meets Minority Report

My PhD thesis was about “The importance of media in our perception of the Future” and gave examples how our perception of futuristic utilities and furniture designs, was deeply routed in the media of the 50s,60s and 70s. I also defended on the same thesis that more and more the “time gap” between fiction and reality would get closer and closer. To look at an episode of the “Jetsons” [1] is to see drafts of pieces of furniture and technology that exist nowadays and that are still seen as futuristic. “Designer Lounge Bars” of today’s metropolis have all in common with the minimal environment created by Anthony Masters, Ernest Harcher and Harry Lange for Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odissey”.

The technology presented on the video below was seen in 2002 on the big movie screens brought to us by Steven Spielberg, on the the movie “Minority Report”, based on the short story by Phillip K. Dick [2]. The difference is that in 2002 all there was to it was a good special effects and CGI team.

[[1] “The Jetsons” was produced by the Hanna&Barbera Studios during 1962 and 1963 and a result of the space race phenomena that existed between the USA and the former Soviet Union]

[[2] Philip Kindred Dick was an American writer mostly known for his works of science fiction. He wrote forty-four books and more than 120 short stories. “Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep?” was his first of 8 short stories adapted to the big screen. The movie took the name “Blade Runner” and was directed by Riddley Scott in 1982. K. Dick had written the short story in 1968.

April 2007 will bring to the big screen “Next” based on the Dick’s short story “The Golden Man” by the hands of Lee Tamahori and it will star Nicholas Cage..

On a somber note, it is only now, almost 20 years after K.Dick’s death, that he is starting to be appreciated. On his own time he was almost ignored. Maybe the reality that he described on his superbly well written stories and books was then too far out for us but now seems more and more feasible.


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