Monday, April 15, 2013

Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci!

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Today is Leonardo da Vinci's birthday. The man may best be known for his paintings, but what always fascinated me was what Wikipedia calls his " technological ingenuity." Things that were not even possible in his day, da Vinci scribbled onto pieces of paper such as "a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, and the double hull, and he outlined a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics."

It's just amazing to me to think of someone who could effectively come up with ideas such as these out of thin air. It makes me think about how science fiction ideas can come out of thin air and then ultimately be made into real, tangible, usable things.

Old science fiction flicks also come up with wild ideas, but when you really think about it, some of those ideas have become realities. Once a pipe dream, cell phones are everywhere now. "The first concept of a mobile communication device occurred on a little television series called Star Trek." (via Dvice) The same goes for iPads and other flat screen touch computers: "Whether you own an iPad or a Kindle Fire or some sort of touchscreen flat device, you owe a debt of gratitude to the previously-mentioned Star Trek, this time Star Trek: The Next Generation." Check out the full list of 10 current technologies directly inspired by science fiction HERE.

I can't help but wonder what products the science fiction flicks of our generation will yield in the future.

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