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The 2017 FRC Season Teaser and More!

Sep 01, 2016 Written by Frank Merrick.


The 2017 FRC Season Teaser

is coming.*


Science Fiction Predicting Future Gadgets

I was watching a very old episode of Doctor Who recently and started thinking about the extent to which science fiction can predict consumer items we pretty much take for granted now. 

Check out the ‘iPads’ in this still from the classic 1968 sci-fi movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

2001 A Space Odyssey predicts Ipads

From 2001: A Space Odyssey. The film also apparently predicted our preference for staring at mobile screens rather than talking to each other.


Or check out these ‘Beats’ headphones on Cybermen from Doctor Who. Can you imagine the bass you’d get out of these things? A few minutes with these and your grey matter would be reduced to parfait, no joke.

Cybermen predicts Beats Headphones

Cybermen from Doctor Who:  Rockin’ some serious Beats since 1966


Makes me wonder what we’re seeing in today’s science fiction that 50 years from now we (well, not me, but maybe some of you) will look back at and say “oh, yeah….”



*As everyone knows, there are three scientifically objective levels of greatness:

1. Not great

2. Pizza great

3. Pizza and Wings great

This teaser is going be Pizza and Wings great. With a side of Fried Pickle Chips.

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