Positive Impact Of Science Fiction On Real World Technology

Science fiction has a great impact on real world technology. Especially when it comes to robots and androids. “The idea of humanoid automatons goes back centuries–historian Noel Sharkey has found evidence of robot-like designs in ancient Greece–but the word robot is less than 100 years old” (Suderman, 2015).
In the our current world robots hold a lot of responsibilities and functions. From robot arms that now assemble auto parts into cars. To programmed robots that hold various functions. Like being used to navigate an airspace and disarm a live bomb threat. These robots wouldn’t exist if the idea of a robot was not introduced in science fiction. ”The word robot was drawn from robota, a Czech word meaning drudge work. Capek’s story set the tone for decades of robot fiction, mostly by stoking fears that the servants could eventually turn on their masters” (Suderman, 2015).
In present time there are works of science fiction literature and cinema that push the boundaries on what a robot was, is and what it could be. In present time with the evolution of technology literature has taken a back seat to what Cinema can provoke in the mind of a viewer with a variety of literal imagery. Robots now can be molded to meet higher expectations and exceed previous expectations. The stigma being able to only destroy is outdated. And has installed fear of robots in society. But science fiction films have shown countless times positive interpretations of robots.
“Bicentennial Man”, is an android who is purchased as a household robot programmed to perform menial tasks. Within a few days the Martin family realizes that they don’t have an ordinary droid as Andrew begins to experience emotions and creative thought. In a story that spans two centuries, Andrew learns the intricacies of humanity while trying to stop those who created him from destroying him” (IMDB, 2017). In this film the robot is portrayed in a positive manner and explores the possibilities of robot to man and even man to robot. By involving the process of acquiring, synthetic organs, nervous system, etc. Technology that is currently in development but not as advanced as seen on the film. But inspiration no less and great step into the future.
In the present robots hold more than just one function, thats where A.I. comes to play. Artificial Intelligence is commonly related to robots and vice versa. This is a counter to the argument being made, of the positive impact science fiction has on real world technology. And that is some scientifiction works highlight the horrors and negatives of such technologies. Examples are films like the Terminator franchise and I Robot where a.i. and robots collide to rid the world of the human race.
A.I. is a reality that scares many and terrifies more. A fear that many in have in our society. And deeply fear becoming reality. A fear heavily influenced by these works of science fiction. An influence that works both ways. Fear is the reason A.I.s are in the back burner for many tech companies who can not control language barriers between it and other machines. Avoiding any apocalyptic events like those in the Terminator and I Robot. Essentially A.I.s themselves were considered a fictional technological advancement something implausible. But now that they are a reality and kept locked away because of man implied fears there potential and impact are held to a minimum. Although it’s notable the positive impact robots have on the world when it comes to problem solving and make use of time efficiently.


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This article talks about robots and how they existed in science fiction before they became reality. An a general thought about the influence robots have and had in science fiction literature and reality. This article helps me build a foundation for my topic.

Carpenter, Charli, and Kevin L. Young. “The New York Times says movies about killer robots are bad for us. It’s wrong.”
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This article explores the impact science fiction works of art negative portrayal of robots has on society. And how most of society being anti robot is driven by fear of what these weapons are. This article can provide a political type of view point for me.

Elliott, Stuart W. “Artificial Intelligence, Robots, and Work: Is This Time Different? As
technological innovation has eliminated many types of jobs over the past few centuries, economies have evolved to create new jobs that have kept workers well employed. Is there reason to worry that the future will be different?” Issues in Science and Technology, vol. 35, no. 1, 2018, p. 40+. Academic OneFile, http://link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A562292393/AONE?u=cuny_nytc&sid=AONE&xid=443f1b4d. Accessed 28 Nov. 2018.

This article talks about the impact of A.I.s and robots on jobs across the world. This article will help me by having a different viewpoint on the impact of both.

Griffin, Andrew. “Facebook Robots Shut down after They Talk to Each Other in
Language Only They Understand.” The Independent, Independent Digital News
and Media, 21 Nov. 2018,

This article gives a brief overview on facebook’s A.I. and its secrete language only it could understand and other machines it communicated with. This article will be useful for me giving me background on A.I. fears

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This article talks about the impact science fiction has on real world technology.

“Science Fiction: Shaping the Future.” ASU Office of Knowledge Enterprise
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This article also talks about the impact science fiction has on real world technology but makes a point that scientists and creators/artist stay connected to the implications and functions of such advanced technologies.

“Bicentennial Man.” IMDb, IMDb.com, 17 Dec. 1999,

Summarizes the plot of this movie relating to my topic

“WALL·E.” IMDb, IMDb.com, 26 June 2008, www.imdb.com/title/tt0910970/.

Summarizes the plot of this movie relating to my topic

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