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This article was published on August 22, 2011

    The future according to films: They’re not as far off as you’d think

    The future according to films: They’re not as far off as you’d think
    Courtney Boyd Myers
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    Courtney Boyd Myers

    Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups gr Courtney Boyd Myers is the founder of audience.io, a transatlantic company designed to help New York and London based technology startups grow internationally. Previously, she was the Features Editor and East Coast Editor of TNW covering New York City startups and digital innovation. She loves magnets + reading on a Kindle. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter @CBM and .

    Aliens, robots, utter dystopia, outer space and Tom Cruise; that’s the stuff futuristic films are made of (with the directorial power of James Cameron or Steven Spielberg). In this thought-provoking graphic below, designer Michael Hobson of Tremulant Design lays out the predictions of futuristic films on a timeline.

    Perhaps unsurprising, movies made before the Internet’s adoption are strikingly far off in their predictions in comparison to movies made after. The movies I think are spot on if not slightly overshooting are: Minority Report, Wall-E, Robocop 3, 12 Monkeys, Vanilla Sky and iRobot. Escape from L.A.? Not so much.

    If nothing else, it’s a list of movies to add to your Netflix queue. For example, how have I not seen Equilibrium? A movie where yoga and gunplay are combined? Crazy!

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