Science fiction writers and their predictions for the future

by on Nov 28, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

2011 saw the spread of protests that had been organized throughout social media and they covered all of the Middle Eastern countries. Most individuals were caught off-guard in such a situation however; one individual who wasn’t was Walter Jon Williams, the author of Deep State which had previously predicted such occurrence.

There were repeated complaints against the book with the contention that it wasn’t science fiction due to the fact that whatever Williams had foreseen, had come true. Despite such complaints, the government caught attention of how accurate his predictions were. There have been many books that predicted the future, but it is quite strange when the descriptions in science fiction become reality. Here are three such predictions that have been made by authors in the past.

Walter Williams and the depiction of tyranny

In his work Aristoi, Walter Williams discusses a functional and glamorous aristocracy. It was a response to The End of History which was written by Francis Fukuyama. Williams contends the idea that in the future it is only liberal democracies that will exist. He brings forth the contention that tyranny at an absolute level is not only something that is logical, but required.

In the book, people are given the ability to control gravity and this allows them to avail different possibilities for good or bad. Thus, there is a requirement for complete control on such a power. However, the tyranny is such that it is egalitarian wherein any person has the possibility of becoming a tyrant but they have to pass a strict collection of tests to achieve that. However, in the book an uprising would come about to challenge such a regime. The examples that he has used in his book are quite similar with the occurrence of the Arab Springs.

Isaac Asimov’s prediction on robots

The author is credited for the introduction of the term robotics in English language. He stated that the existence of robots would neither be too ubiquitous or good by 2014. Despite many projects having been initiated in Japan to create robots that can execute remote surgery, pass the university exam in Japan and prepare a gourmet meal, they are not as good or fascinating as the robots in Asimov’s books.

He was also quite accurate with the identification that by 2014, the existence of miniaturized computers would be commonplace and a key component to life. This seems to be quite true with the existence of smartphones.

William Gibson and the cyberspace

The author is responsible for the coining of the term cyberspace in his work Neuromancer. As per his description, the cyberspace is an accepted hallucination where people will spend a large portion of their lives. In his work, the author describes that such a space would be essential and immersive in nature wherein people will meet others, buy things and even work on.

In this process of prediction of the future, the author has helped mould the conception of the phenomena that we now know as the internet. He has also influenced any authors in the sci-fi genre such as Stieg Larsson and the Wachowski brothers.

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