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Science Fiction Or Reality: What Will The Future Of Science Look Like?

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Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, most well-known for his book 2001: A Space Odyssey, once said, “If by some miracle a prophet could describe the future exactly as it was going to take place, his predictions would sound so absurd that people everyone would laugh him to scorn. The only thing we can be sure of about the future is that it will be absolutely fantastic. So, if what I say now seems to you to be very reasonable, then I will have failed completely. Only if what I tell you appears absolutely unbelievable have we any chance of visualizing the future as it really will happen.” (BBC Horizons) That was in 1964, and since then, society has become more advanced in ways most of us could not have even fathomed half a century ago; however, there are a rare few who could. As a matter of fact, Arthur C. Clarke is among only a handful of authors in history to have actually had an eerily accurate prediction of the future, specifically regarding air and space travel. Though modern science is not quite up to par with past and present science fiction, the gap between the two is becoming exponentially smaller; so the question is, how much more of the future can science fiction authors predict?
Today, modern innovative technology is allowing us to become one step closer to science fiction. Granted, society does not have flying cars or human transporters, and we definitely do not all live on starships, as some assumed we would by now, but we are extremely close to achieving these goals, as well as many other similar ones. For example, out of all science fiction, perhaps the most common notion is that we will not have spaceships for many years. In reality, spaceships have been around for several years now. In 2009, Virgin Galactic, a spaceflight company created by Sir Richard Branson, along with the aerospace company Scaled Composites, debuted the spacecraft “SpaceShipTwo,” a form of personal space travel for average (but wealthy) citizens. A single seat on the craft currently costs upwards of $200,000, but the experience is said to be extremely worth the price (The Team At Virgin Galactic). Though we cannot live residentially in space yet like in science fiction, the people on the International Space Station have proved to us that living and working in space is a dream that has been achieved. On Earth, transportation technologies are becoming extremely advanced as well. Billionaire Elon Musk, CEO/CTO of SpaceX (Space Exploration Technologies Corporation) and CEO of Tesla Motors, has created a design for a high speed rail cars that would travel from L.A. to San Fransisco in 35 minutes, and cost 1/10 of California’s current rail budget (Lunaweb, "13 Sci-Fi Technologies That Became a Reality in 2013 – Part 1"). With regards to medicine in science fiction, anyone who has seen the original “Star Trek” series is familiar with the small handheld device known as the “tricorder,” which gave an analysis of its surroundings and performed tasks that ranged from...

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