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The Minority Report (2002)

A vision of the U.S. in 2050 is presented complete with new types of displays, cars, flying vehicles, earpiece wireless phones, etc. [Added 6/02]

Majestic (Electronic Arts, 2001)

The first mass produced computer game to attempt to integrate real life and gaming and to involve the user's own gadgets (phone, fax, IM, computer) in the storyline. Unfortunately shut down in 3/02. [Added 3/02]

The History of the Future (2001)

This show that aired on PBS that envisions what the year 2020 may hold in store. [Added 09/19/01]

Artificial Intelligence: AI (2001)

A vision of the "not-so-far future" where human-like robots can be created showing the lives of one family. Many visions of future technologies are shown. [Added 01/11/03]

Big Brother (2000)

Reality television show where a home of people is continuously monitored without a shred of privacy and video is streamed live to the web. [Added 09/19/01]

The 6th Day (2000) writes, "Plenty of examples available for home devices in the not-too-distant future. A bathroom mirror that doubles as a display screen. Plenty of plasma display technology. Even a virtual personal assistant to wish Arnold 'Happy Birthday.'" [Added 04/04/01]

The 1900 House (2000)

When looking toward the future of the home, it's worthwhile to look back at just how much has the home changed in the *last* 100 years. It's easy to forget how radical the changes have been. In this 4-episode PBS series a family was chosen to live a functionally-restored 1900 middle-class home in England. Every convenience brought into the home after 1900 has been removed. The family had to wear 1900 clothing, cook on an old boiler stove, and use only food and products from 1900. The first episode shows how the house was transformed. The safety inspectors found about 100 violations. By modern safety standards, a 1900 house is unlivable. By comfort standards, the family finds the same. [PBS website with additional information on 1900 homes] [Added 06/19/00]

Nightline Episode (aired December 31, 1999)

Included commentary from scholars on movie clips envisioning the future (particularly domestic visions) - compelling examples that could be best described as sterile, boring, and of course, really clean. Some interesting societal assumptions too (only white, middle class people, preserved gender roles, 9 to 5 work schedules, etc.) There was also an opaque quality to the technological interfaces. [Added 01/11/03] (If you happen to have this please contact us)

The Matrix (1999)

Depicts the ultimate in virtual reality, where VR experiences are conveyed by a direct link to the mind. [Added 03/22/00]

Smart House (1999, TV)

From IMDB: "A 13 year old boy wins a computerized home manned by a cyborg maid named PAT. When he and his Dad moves into the house, he figures that his Dad will cease considering re-marrying anyone since the house and PAT can handle all of the cooking and cleaning chores. However, his father soon shows an interest in the computer programmer. This sets the boy into tinkering with PAT's program and sets in motion a nagging robot." [Added 03/02]

Star Wars Episode 1: the Phantom Menace (1999)

Apparently has a kitchen scene? [Added 03/22/00]

Enemy of the State (1998)

An exciting, popular film showcasing the dangers of pervasive surveillance. The director took some liberties, but much of the technology showcased exists today in simplistic forms. [Added 03/11/00]

The Game (1997)

A virtual game is integrated into real life. Think of the game Majestic from Electronic Arts as baby steps toward achieving the experience conveyed by the movie. [Added 3/02]

The Fifth Element (1997)

Depicts life 250 years in the future in a cramped U.S. city. Bruce Willis character has an interesting space-saving apartment and, among other things, orders food from floating vendors that come by his window. [Added 03/15/00]

Gattaca (1997)

Excellent sci-fi movie that depicts a future where genetic codes for all individuals are known since birth and determine how fit people are for particular professions. The future living environments are presented as metalic, stark, and austere.   [Added 03/15/00]

Starfire: A Vision of Future Computing in the Year 2004 (1995)

A demo tape made by Sun Microsystems showing one vision of the office of the future. They took great liberties oversimplifying some thorny technological issues that must be solved before high-tech office environments like the one shown can be achieved. The short video shows an office worker using an interactive display desk to teleconference and telework, edit documents, spy on employees (!), prepare a presentation, etc. [Added 03/15/00]

Robocop (1987)

Human/robot police officer of the future uses devices to catch baddies in crime-ridden Detroit; today high-tech tools are being developed by the military and used by civilian police forces. [Added 03/16/00]

Back to the Future series (1985,1989)

A comical look at time travel highlighting how lives have changed in the last 50 years. The sequel has the characters traveling into the future.  [Added 03/11/00]

Brazil (1985)

From IMDB: "It suggests a "horrible future" without truly making it a future. There is no speculation , no guessing, no "future" clothing or architecture, and so it can't be any real country or culture --and it could be any." [Added 03/14/00]

Bladerunner (1982)

From IMDB: "A chilling, bold, mesmerizing, futuristic detective thriller."  [Added 03/16/00]

Tron (1982)

A hacker is inducted inside a computer.  [Added 03/22/00]

Outland (1981)

Description/relevance needed.  [Added 03/24/00]

Mad Max (1979)

Depicts a grim, futuristic Australia. [Added 03/15/00]

The Shape of Things to Come (1979)

Plasma screens, glass-elevators and other architectural and technological innovations  [Added 09/19/01]

Star Wars (1977)

This movie that started the series presents a particular view of highly-intelligent but physically unsophisticated robots. In reality, we are closer to achieving robotic physical sophistication and maneuverability and human-like appearance than robotic mental capacity. [Added 03/22/00]

Zardoz (1974)

Has some interesting future vision stuff, if you manage to get through the beginning. Look for the ring-like projection devices. From IMDB: "In the distant future Earth is divided into two camps, the barely civilized group and the overly civilized one with mental powers." [Added 01/11/03]

THX 1138 (1970)

Depicts a futuristic society where everyone lives below the surface of the Earth, where everyone wears white and drugs are used to control the behavior of people. [Added 03/16/00]

The Illustrated Man (1969)

From IMDB: "A man, whose body is almost completely covered in tattoos, is looking for the woman who drew all the intricate designs on him. Each tattoo hides a futuristic story, which you experience when you stare at it."  In one episode (called maybe "The
Room") a ubiquitous kids room gets nasty and kills the parents. [Added 03/16/00]

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Homes of the future are still trying to live up to (or down) the legacy of HAL presented in this film classic. Although Kubrick went to great lengths to keep the depiction of technology accurate, modern day "artificial intelligence" systems are still incapable of what people would consider the most basic common-sense reasoning. [Added 03/15/00]

Playtime (1967)

From IMDB: "Monsieur Hulot has to contact an American official in Paris, but he gets lost in the maze of modern architecture which is filled with the latest technical gadgets. Caught in the tourist invasion, Hulot roams around Paris with a group of American tourists, causing chaos in his usual manner."  [Added 03/22/00]

Star Trek (1966 - 1969)

This show and the spin-off  movies and series contain many examples of how life might change in the future and inspired a generation of technologists.   [Added 03/20/00]

The Glass Bottom Boat (1966)

Doris Day's disastrous experience in a "futuristic" kitchen.   [Added 01/11/03]

Get Smart (1965 - 1970)

This sitcom show predicted gadget technologies like the shoe phone that are today just becoming reality.  [Added 03/15/00]

Dr. No (1962) (i.e. James Bond)

James Bond is the king of gadgets. Many of those depicted in earlier movies are possible to make today. [Added 03/20/00]

The Jetsons (TV Series, 1962)

Many of our mental images of moving walkways, flying cars, and robotic cleaners can be traced to this cartoon.  [Added 03/15/00]

1984 (1956)

Movie based on Orwell's classic book that predicts a future of "Big Brother" watching a person's every move in a oppressive society.  [Added 03/15/00]

The Honeymooners: "Better Living Through TV" episode (11/12/55)

Norton is the Chef of the Past and Ralph is the Chef of the Future when they go on TV to sell the Handy Housewife Helper. Humorous look at life in the 50's. This vision is of small hand-held appliance that replaces knives, corkscrews, etc. Found in "The Honeymooners Classic 39 Collection" video. [Added 03/11/00]

Modern Times (1936)

Future of work and medicine. Charlie Chaplin [Added 03/22/00]

Metropolis (1927)

A 1927 vision of the future city. From IMDB: "It is the future, and humans are divided into two groups: the thinkers, who make plans (but don't know how anything works), and the workers, who achieve goals (but don't have the vision). Completely separate, neither group is complete, but together they make a whole. One man from the "thinkers" dares visit the underground where the workers toil, and is astonished by what he sees..." [Added 03/22/00]

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