Updated: Thu, 16 May 2013 07:00:00 GMT | By Daniel Bettridge
Movie tech made real

Minority Report (2002)

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What it predicted: Tactile computing, predictive crime software, digital billboards.

Steven Spielberg hired an army of futurologists to help him create his own vision of 2054 Earth for this adaptation of Philip K Dick’s short story. It worked. Now a decade later the movie is starting to look astonishingly prescient with many of the technologies Spielberg and co predicted coming in ahead of schedule. For example, gesture-based computing is now almost commonplace, whilst advertisers in Japan are currently experimenting with digital billboards that use technology to predict the sex and age of the people looking at them. Even predictive police work is starting to become a reality, only with sophisticated software taking the place of pre-cognitive psychics in an effort to project where and when crimes may occur.