How Star Wars Has Influenced Modern Computer Science [Video]

How Star Wars Has Influenced Modern Computer Science [Video]


To mark the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the New Jersey Institute of Technology decided to take a look at how Star Wars, and other sci-fi properties such as Star Trek, influenced — and often predicted — the future of computer science.

You can watch the video, and perhaps find inspiration, below:

From bionic arms to holograms to the Internet, NJIT selected 7 modern computer science innovations that changed our world, citing Star Wars, Star Trek, and other science fiction works and how their creators paved routes for these new technologies and applications. For instance, the news pads from Space Odyssey 2001 and the touch-based control panels from Star Trek served as the inspiration for iPads. Currently, there are 1-billion people worldwide who own an iPad — an invention that has surely shaped our world. What NJIT set out to highlight was that our most remarkable innovations in computer science are usually started with a visionary to imagine the possibilities, and NJIT has found that the computer scientists steps in to make those dreams a reality.

Thank you to NJIT for the release and the video.

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