Forget the whimsy of The Jetsons and the trashy nonsense of American 1950s B-Grade sci-fi and horror movies which were corny and strangely out of date even when first made - and look at creations like:
- George Orwell's 1984
- Terry Gilliam's Brazil
- Ridley Scott's Bladerunner
- Steve De Jarnatt's Cherry 2000
- Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
- Paul Verhoeven's Total Recall
- Luc Besson's The Fifth Element
In these and others the writer and or director has managed to introduce an idea or device that is far ahead of its time and seemed to be fanciful.
The excellent Bladerunner (1982) showed a futuristic society with environmental and overpopulation issues alienating humans who have chosen to build robots and Artificial Intelligence machines to run their lives:
Total Recall (1990) shows Arnold Schwarzenegger getting into a robot driven 'Johhny Cab'. Last week UBER announced it's experimentation with driverless cars and the possibility of UBER taxis being robot driven:
One of the great scenes in Cherry 2000 (1987) is the dating scene (human vs human) where before a one-night- stand or pick-up from a bar can be made the prospective couples have to have lawyers draw up a contract. Recently I read that 'relationship contracts' are the latest thing for people who hook up via dating sites and that these are becoming popular given the current climate of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour:
Cherry 2000 was about a dysfunctional man who had relationships and sex with a sex-robot. When this broke down he had to go on a hunt to find a replacement model he liked - The Cherry 2000.
Today there is a flourishing industry not only in sex toys but in fully functioning sex robots.
Video phones were presented to us in many early TV shows like Get Smart and in films like 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) but we always thought that those were real science fiction. Nowadays our smart phones and operating systems give us FaceTime and Skype that we take for granted.