Visions of the Future from the past
Where are the robots and silver jumpsuits?
By Yardena Arar | PC World | Published: 16:16, 21 July 10
From Jules Verne to Stanley Kubrick and beyond, writers and artists have imagined what the future would be like. Their visions range from the comically bizarre to the uncannily accurate to the wildly optimistic (where are those jet packs they promised us?!). Here's a quick collection of our favorite examples.
Forbidden Planet's Robby the Robot
Considered one of the best science-fiction films of the 1950s, Forbidden Planet essentially transposes Shakespeare's The Tempest into a futuristic era of space travel with Anne Francis (shown) as the Miranda figure and Robby as a (relatively lead-footed) Ariel substitute. Robby looks after his human charges (think Sarah in the TV series Eureka) with such benign diligence that he ranks as perhaps the most appealing movie robot of the pre-Star Wars era.