There are a few scenes from the movies that have, unwittingly, become the archetypes for technologies of the “future”, even though the movies themselves are decades old and the future is still to be equally distributed:

Holographic video – the Princess Leah “Help us Obi Wan” projection at the beginning of Star Wars.

Wave your arms in the air (like ya just don’t care) user interfaces: Minority Report.

Video outdoor advertising: Bladerunner.

Virtual Reality: The Matrix:

And then the oldest of the lot – speech based artificial intelligence: HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Which got me thinking – during one of my frequent episodes of sark on the twitters – surely we’ve had computers saying “no” for decades now? Maybe we have achieved artificial intelligence and just nobody realised it.

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