Video: When people imagine the future, it's always coloured and limited by the constraints of their reality. The smartest person hundreds of years ago could not imagine the things we have now because what is science to us was essentially magic to them back then — the understanding just wasn't there yet. That's where science fiction steps in. The wild imagination of futuristic storytelling turns walls into windows, puts thought outside the box and breaks the constraints that science can set on us. Ted-Ed explains in the video below how science fiction can help become reality's future.
How Science Fiction Helps Predict The Future
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