25 Modern Science And Technologies You’d Swear Are Science Fiction

It’s an undeniable fact that the newest technologies such as mobile tech, genetic engineering, and the emerging field of nanotech differ from the technologies that preceded them in a fundamental way. Our world is transforming rapidly and violently to the point where many people feel completely unable to comprehend and utilize these advancements. Ironically, we witnessed many of these new “things” and technologies in sci-fi films and graphic comics first, and if someone had told us back then that it would only take a couple of decades for these changes to enter our lives, we would have probably laughed.  Think about it: Back in the early ’90s emerging computer technology was used by a limited number of people worldwide, and now, a quarter century later, everyone has a smartphone and a laptop. Can you even imagine what the world will look like in 2030, even 2050? And the scariest part of all (especially if you’re a geek like me) is the fact that science fiction, the literature of the human species encountering vast, mind-altering changes, whether they arrive via scientific discoveries, technological innovations, natural events, aliens, or societal shifts, has recently lost its magic and glimpse to the point we wonder what is real and what is not nowadays. But if you think we’re being over-dramatic, then check out these 25 Modern Science And Technologies You’d Swear Are Science Fiction and you will see we’re not exaggerating at all.

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Voice control is now a trend

25 wSource: ipod.about.com, Image: Wikipedia

One of the most fascinating movie villains of modern cinema was HAL, the voice-controlled computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey. With the introduction of software like Siri on the iPhone 4S, voice control has gone mainstream.

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The Cancer Gene Fingerprint

24 wSource: hopkinsmedicine.org, Image: Wikipedia

To begin with, not all cancers are equally fatal; for example, prostate cancer means a longer survival rate than a tumor in your esophagus. The good news, however, is that by analyzing the mutated genome of a tumor, doctors can now pinpoint whether a cancer is sensitive to a certain chemotherapy, or one that doesn’t respond at all to current treatments. In other words, knowing the subtype might mean jumping directly to a clinical trial that could save your life.

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Robot snake automatically wraps around an object when thrown

23 wSource: phys.org, Image: Wikipedia

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Biorobotics laboratory have adapted one of their robotic snakes to cause it to automatically wrap itself around an object when it is thrown. Upon impact, the snake immediately wraps its body around the target—in test cases, a light pole and tree branch, and holds on, supporting itself. Robot snakes have been developed in recent years to mimic the actions of their real-life counterparts and scientists believe their leg- and feet-free mode of locomotion might be ideal for use in hard to reach places, such as buildings that have been demolished by an earthquake.

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Flying cars

22Source: gizmodo.com, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

It might still sound like a scene from a sci-fi movie to some but the flying car is here and it’s totally legal. The Terrafugia flying car gets thirty-five miles to the gallon as a car and consumes five gallons per hour as a plane. It flies at 115 miles per hour and can cover 490 miles per flight. You can buy one today, starting with a $10,000 deposit.

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First planet with FOUR suns discovered

21 wSource: io9.com, Image: Wikipedia

An international team of astronomers have announced the discovery of a planet whose skies are illuminated by four suns—the first known of its type. The planet, located about five thousand light-years from Earth, has been dubbed PH1 in honor of Planet Hunters, a program led by Yale University in the United States that enlists volunteers to look for signs of new planets.



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