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The Island (2005)
The primer for cloning human parts, the advantages and the potential ethical concerns. Also covers flying bikes and gene-matched diet.
Demolition Man (1993)
This movie prepared the way for Stun weapons being issued to the police - although battons were used in the movie, tasers were actually developed and issued. The power/benefits of electric self-drive cars and 24-7 surveillance/monitoring of all citizens is also promoted.
This movie got the public prepared for rail-guns and ultra-wide band devices (see through walls scanners)
Minority Report (2002)
Multitouch computing (using hands/fingers to grab and expand images, in midair in the case of this movie (don't get me started on muscle stress and RSI). This movie also prepared viewers for personalised advertising, ultra-wide band devices and surveillance drones - in the form of spiders.
The Matrix (1999)
Aside from the Nokia mobile with its slide cover, this movie prepared us for living in the machine, Second Life, World of Warcraft, etc.
If you aren't ready for DNA testing to check your identity, you will be after this film.
Computers controlling the military, years before the Terminator! See it here first.
The Net (1995)
Watch this movie and you'll get used to the idea that your life and all its details are online - just in time for Facebook, Myspace and Listal.
Fantastic Voyage actually got there first - this was all about Nano Technology in action.
This list is in part a tribute to Alan Toffler and his novel Future Shock. In the book he wrote that some would struggle to keep pace with the changes around us. True in part, but movies can really help prime the public at large. This list features all the movies that have in some way eased our path towards the future.
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