Hit or miss? Cult movie Blade Runners vision of everyday tech in 2019

Cult film Blade Runner was set in the year 2019, which is only days away, causing many on social media to freak out at the idea that were almost living in the future thats created in the iconic dystopian movie.

Although the popular film came out 36 years ago, the fact that it was set in 2019 is proving surreal for many fans, especially given that we are a long way off from reaching some of the technological advances promised in the film.

2019 is the year Blade Runner was set in.

— David Hood (@Thoughtfulnz) December 16, 2018

2019 is just gonna be a bunch of nerds dressing up like Blade Runner and Killjoys

— Watching Venus (@WatchingVenus) December 16, 2018

Well, it's 2019 in a few weeks and Blade Runner didn't get it right. 10 more years until we're in Terminator territory and it's looking more and more likely that's gonna be the movie that nailed it

— Matt! (@brightloud) December 15, 2018

The realization that we are so close to reaching the year the fictional film is set in has hit people pretty hard, with some expressing disbelief that it could be 2019 already.

A lot of people wondered whether wed all be expected to start donning the unusual fashion choices seen in the film, come January.

i already have the Deckard trench lol

?❄?Eldon uwu ?️‍??️‍??️‍? (@EldonAkira) December 15, 2018

Can't believe in a month is the year Blade Runner takes place. I wish the fashion in this world is the fashion in the Blade Runner universe.

— RedDeadfan24? (@filmfan24) December 16, 2018

This is pretty much Brooklyn now

— Anthony DeVito (@AnthonyDeVito) December 15, 2018

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the movie, which was filmed in the 1980s, missed the mark on more than one prediction – but it did manage to nail it on more than one futuristic forecast.

Flying cars

Flying cars feature heavily in many futuristic films, but, alas, we havent reached that level of technology just yet. Companies like Uber are in the process of creating systems where vehicles will travel off the ground, but dont expect rush hour to look like a scene from Blade Runner any time soon.

Video calling

Video calling is one futuristic communication dreamt up by Ridley Scott that is now a reality. Although the film shows people video-calling from phone booths instead of from their smartphones, Blade Runner can probably still chalk that one up as a win.

Replicant robots

Although we hear about the advances being made with artificial intelligence and robots all the time, we havent quite reached the level of Blade Runners replicant andys just yet. The bioengineered androids featured in the film can easily pass for humans and, sadly, even Sophia the Saudi citizen cant shake that dead-eyed robot look.

Mood-changing device

Blade Runner features a mood-changing device that sadly hasnt yet come to the market. In the movie, users simply dial a number for the emotion that they want to experience, then the device uses the brains cerebral cortex to make the change.

Space colonies

Back in 1982, a privately owned space colony may have seemed like a far-fetched idea, but today, with Elon Musks Space X dominating space travel and Richard Bransons Virgin Galactic taking bookings for space flights, the future of space living appears to be in private hands. We may not be living off-world just yet, but space contractors have set their sights on lunar and Martian bases in the not-too-distant future.

READ MORE: NASA pushing for continuous manned presence on moon within 10yrs

The biggest miss of all

Comparing life today with how daily life is predicted in the Hollywood hit reveals the most glaring error in Blade Runners predictions: the sheer lack of internet and cellphones, both of which are ubiquitous in everyday life in developed cities. And unless some major tech calamity strikes in the coming weeks, neither is going anywhere in 2019.

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