Pop Culture Predictions Come True

Across all mediums of entertainment storytellers have been allowed to let their imaginations run wild and create things never thought of before. Sometimes when they do this they end up creating something which is eventually made reality.

Cell Phones (Star Trek): Easily the most famous example of fiction being made reality. Whenever Captain Kirk would lead Spock, Dr. McCoy and whatever doomed red shirts he could muster to an alien world, they inevitably needed to keep communication lines open. To do this they relied on their Communicators, with a now iconic chirping sound they would flip it open to talk with their fellow crew members of the Enterprise. One Trekkie who took note of this technology was inventor Martin Cooper who would go on to work for Motorola and in 1973 used this inspiration to create the first cellular telephone.

Ear Buds (Fahrenheit 451): In a world where clunky headphones were cutting edge, science fiction legend Ray Bradbury envisioned a world where people listened to audio through small “seashells” in there ears. In Bradbury’s eerily prophetic vision of the future, our listening devices are smaller and sleeker than anything people of his era could have imagines.

Pearl Harbor Attack (National Comics): Just because the United States was not yet fighting in World War Il it did not mean they were not involved. President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed the nation “the arsenal of liberty” as weapons and supplies were sent to the British while the Axis nations were cut off. The tension this created with Japan built up until they bombed the naval base at Pearl Harbor. This attack was something completely unforeseen….unless you had read National Comics #18 just the month prior. In this issue the character of Uncle Sam deals with the furthering aggression from enemy nations including an attack on the Hawaiian naval base

Ankle bracelets (Spider-Man): If there is one thing a criminal in New York worries about it is being busted by the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. If only there were a way that the members of Spidey’s rogues gallery could keep tabs on where the hero was at all times so they could avoid him. In one of the Spider-Man comic strips which ran in newspapers across the country in 1977, the Kingpin devised a way to do just that. He trapped the superhero and attached an “electronic radar device” to him. One of the people who read this particular strip was judge Jack Love who was inspired by this. Working with engineer Mike Gross, he created a monitoring strap to be placed on parolees and others who need their whereabouts known at all times. Today over 100 million of these ankle bracelets have been used.