It is a common fact that the human nature contains a part of imagining and visualizing. A part of exploring and creating pictures of what can exist in the future and how it would affect our lives. Results of this “exploration” of the unknown capabilities of human creativity are, without a doubt, many things of our modern technology.But how can all these unfamiliar, unknown ideas come to one’s mind, so he’ll be able to make them possible?Well, there’s, of course, a trigger mechanism behind all these. Something that plays the role of the “fire starter”. This is science-fiction.
Hmm alright, but how exactly does science-fiction affect us? How does it change our world?
To begin with, science-fiction, primarily, deals with worlds that are very different from our own, regarding the technology, the discoveries and sometimes the social systems. It then proceeds into evaluating these differences and, at times, comparing them with our own, real world.It affects us on a personal level.Even it might seem far fetched, this helps people consider our place in the universe and at the same time, to re-establish their way of thinking, into various topics such as energy consumption, environmental awareness or even protection of our fundamental rights.
Moreover, science-fiction can be the inspiration to many people that pursue a scientific career. There’s a great number of successful scientists who had sci-fi novels or sci-fi films, as the main reason for choosing an academic career on sciences (some examples are Edwin Hubble, Carl Sagan, Steve Jobs and much more). From computer scientists to astrophysicists and from biologists to mathematicians, the basis set by science-fiction led these people to engage with science and as a consequence, their inventions and discoveries, not only affected but drastically changed our world.
But wait, there’s more.Maybe, the greatest contribution of science-fiction to our world is that it gives us the ability to portray how can societies could function in different ways. This consists the correct path towards progress, as it allows us to vision the future that we want, and to think of ways to achieve it.At the same time, it raises our consciousness about “futures” we would like to avoid and helps us think of solutions to prevent them.
In conclusion, science- fiction plays, undeniably, an important role to the structure of our world, even it might be difficult to realize it at first. It gives positive effects not only on a personal but even on a social manner.The potential and the possibilities are almost endless, but the question is. Are we ready for a further and deeper “trip” to the unknown?