The Reality of Science Fiction

It’s a curious thing to see old science fiction because slowly the fictional technologies are seeping into the real world. Jules Verne is probably the most well known science fiction writer, and even though his works were published over a century ago they still seem current. Leading some to name him the father of science fiction . Regardless of whether or not he actually is the father of science fiction a great number of his works have turned into reality.

Some of his works have such an uncanny resemblance with reality that they have lead some to believe that his works are based on fact . It is not difficult to imagine why some people believe that. One only needs to open one of his books and compare his imagery to our current world to see that Jules Verne was indeed a visionary.

Maybe it was the other way around. Maybe Verne wasn’t inspired by science scientists got inspired by him. To an extent both ideas are true, scientists and science fiction authors borrow from each other to create their own respective worlds.

For example, perhaps the old ghost stories of objects acting without the influence of human beings is what inspired the Greeks to create the first automatons. Or perchance these Greek robots are what gave origin to a certain place being haunted.

While the distinction between science and science fiction is becoming less obvious, in the future it may even disappear.  What we can be certain of is that the future of robotics is nanotechnology and artificial intelligence. Just imagine a world where disease is rare, where people are capable of learning without much difficulty in a year what their forefathers took a lifetime to learn, or a world where severe wounds may just take a few moments to mend.

"It's just a flesh wound"

All this may seem extremely far out of our reach, but it isn’t. All this may just happen in our own lifetimes. I am not saying this out of sheer optimism. No, there are plenty of projects under way which are all striving to achieve this.

One of the more well known projects is probably the SYMBRION Replicator which is striving to invent robots which will interact with each other as a single organism. This would work in a similar fashion to how a swarm of bugs seems to have a single mind even though its composed by individual beings.

At the moment these robots are obviously not meant for nanotechnology, but they are the prototypes of multipurpose robots which will be able to program themselves based on the needs of what they’ve been assigned to. In the future, as technology gets smaller and smaller, we will be able to use such “swarm technologies” to improve the workings of our body. Since the robots are multipurpose by nature they’ll be able to do simple things like draining the fat from arteries or more complicated things such as fighting off infections or closing a wound faster than its average rate.

It is even conceivable that with such technologies we will be able to improve our brain’s innate abilities. Each day that passes we come closer to knowing what makes an outlier brain so special.When we do learn what makes such brains so special, we may be able to change our brain’s workings to act in a similar fashion. Who knows? There might be an Einstein, Hawking, Da Vinci or Mozart inside all of us; we just have to unravel the mysteries of our brain.


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