I would not be surprised if the younger audience has not heard of Jurassic Park (IMDB, IMDB, IMDB), I must have been 7 or 8 when I watched the first movie in the trilogy.

A brief synopsis of the trilogy which is about resurrecting dinosaurs and putting them in a “park” on a remote island for the rest of the world to come and visit.

Jurassic Park 1

Last month in May, I rewatched all three movies and being more aware of the world we live in, I was amazed by the author’s ability to foresee the future. Jurassic Park was written by Michael Crichton as a novel which was the inspiration for the Hollywood adaptation. For technologist and futurist, there are three key themes that I got away from the movies and those relate to technology:

    Cloning/Genetic Engineering
    Self-Driving Cars
    3D Printing

Cloning/Genetic Engineering
Cloning

In Jurassic park, dinosaurs have been “resurrected” through the process of extracting DNA from the petrified mosquitoes. This is not true. Nevertheless, the thought process that impressed me is the believe that it might actually become true – with variations of the process, of course – and the possibility that one day, extinct animals could be brought back to life.

Imagination from fiction to reality could well be happening. We know of “Dolly, the sheep” which is a well-known for a being the first cloned animal. Consequently, would it be possible to one day clone human beings?

The question of whether it might be possible or not is debatable. On the ethics side, we are certain that human beings would be arguing for years over the matter.

Now, let’s move to more concrete technologies.

Self-Driving Cars
Self-driving car

In 1993, the notion of having cars able to function without human intervention had already been thought of. Yet, it took about 20 years for the concept to gain in popularity. I estimate that Silicon Valley/Japanese people must have been into it for the past decade already but for the mainstream discussion, perhaps it is more recent. If the overall idea of technology governing our lives had inspired movie directors and book writers in the early 1990s, then they were damn right.

See Google, Uber and maybe, Apple are also coming up with real world self-driving cars…

3D Printing
3D Printing

In the 3rd movie, 3D Printing was first featured (2001) and 10 years later, 3D Printing is now mainstream with just so many start-ups working on various machines or already making use of 3D Printing to make a living. Not sure if anyone had predicted that 3D Printing would make a quick impact. While the technology existed prior to 1990 (as it was the case for anything else), the point is the rapid evolution.t

Watched Jurassic World a few days after it was out in Singapore. Loved it too!

I believe once in a while, a just for fun post like this one, is well deserved.

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