How Accurately Has Science Fiction Predicted the Technologies of the Future?

By Gerald Lynch on at

It's not the only reason we read science fiction books, but it's surprising just how on the nose some authors have managed to predict the technologies that have gone on to shape our lives. A little less accurate however, as this chart shows, is the time scale within which those fictitious gadgets have gone on to become everyday realities.

Check out the chart in full below. If you're having trouble reading it, head over to the PrinterInks website for a super-sized version. [PrinterInks via io9]