AI: From Fantasy To Reality

We’re always waiting for the next opportunity to feel like a kid again, and artificial intelligence has given us the best excuse to do so. The mid to late 90s was the heart of experimental technology as essentially every SciFi movie, book, and television show left us with the inkling we’d have flying cars and flowers made of glass by 2000 – if we’d even reach that year. Flash forward half a century and, oh, have the tables turned. Here are a few times SciFi got it (mostly) right.

Although everyone wants to keep up with the Jones’, The Jetsons and their futuristic gadgets showed us how it’s done. Surely you remember the family’s videophone as seen in Episode 104: The Space Car, as Judy Jetson puts on her ‘Morning Mask” to chat with her friend Gloria. In 2018, the Facebook Portal mimicked the video calling device using artificial intelligence to pan and zoom, ensuring the user is always on screen.

Now let’s go back to 1989 – or Back To The Future (Part II), should I say? Although we still haven’t seen dehydrated pizza, Google Glass brought the McFly kids’ smart glasses that allowed them to watch TV and answer phone calls to life in 2013. The Apple Watch and Dark Sky even gave us a glimpse of Doc’s Smart Watch that could predict weather down to the second!

As we notice SciFi rapidly breaking ground into the third dimension, the question is no longer whether or not artificial intelligence can keep up with SciFi, but can SciFi continue to outpace reality? Check out the infographic below to put visuals to mind in completion of your trip down memory lane.

Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing , an industry leading infographic design agency based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast , and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-2018.

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