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Imagination in Movies Brought to Life by the Power of Science

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The amazing movie scenes in our childhood have now come to reality. Mobile payment, 3-D images, wearable devices based on Internet of Things, and iris recognition are now becoming realities in our daily lives, driven by the advancement of science technology. Although many ideas in the imaginative scenes of media are still unrealized, the virtual reality shown in movies are coming out of the screen one by one.






Imagination in movies came to reality

The visions in the movie Back to the Future II have been realized in many parts. Three-dimensional movies, unmanned shops, and automatic voice recognition TV are now just a natural part of our everyday lives in 2015, which was the background of the movie. Although not all forms of virtuality in the movie became reality, the cinematic imaginations that penetrated into our daily lives are rendering them more diverse and convenient. Going to movies is now a routine part of our everyday entertainment while whether to watch a 3-D or 4-D movie is just a matter of preference. In fact, three-dimensional movies that project stereoscopic images became the trend in 2009 when the 3-D movie Avatar was released. Stereoscopic imaging films are different from the conventional ones in the sense that the audiences should wear glasses dedicated to those images to maximize the multidimensional effect. Also, the embodiment of simultaneous multichannel views and voice recognition technologies are opening a new era for TV audiences. Most “Smart TVs” on the market supports voice recognition functions, and TVs with no special functions can provide multichannel views when they are equipped with an IPTV set-top box that features such a function. With these, video conference or video telephones, which poses as Skype prototypes, are now common communication tools frequently used as much as social networks services in this globalized age. The unmanned shops from the movie are also finding shapes in the real world in overseas countries. Almost everybody uses smartphones to live their daily lives: searching information, doing purchases, talking to friends, and so on. Through smartphones, we can check the vital conditions and quantity of exercise and carry out works seamlessly using e-mails and text messages at any time and place. In the future, even non-smartphone users can lead an intelligent ubiquitous life through wearable devices that provide convenient artificial intelligent services.






Biometric authentication in movies under the attention of the financial industry

The appearance of the smartphone maximized the usability of mobile payment, which has now become a “wallet in my hand” concept as the advertising copies read. Catching up with mobile payment service providers, such as Square, PayPal, and Venmo, credit card companies are scrambling to offer services to embed mobile payment functions in smartphones. Biometric authentication technology, through which a special agent certifies himself with his iris, and police detectives identifies suspects with the veins, is expected to be given shape in real financial transactions. Palm veins are highly appreciated as a useful and safe authentication tool in financial transactions in foreign countries as, aside from being hygienic, they have a high degree of precision and recognition rate and are difficult to forge or falsify. Fingerprint authentication technology is also being more sophisticated. Recently, studies on sensing finger temperature differences are vigorously pushed forward. If you place your finger on the touch pad, a number of heat-sensitive microchip sensors detect marginal temperature differences, and the system generates fingerprint patterns by switching the differences into images. Development of voice authentication system like “Siri” of iPhones is also being accelerated to be applied to call centers or phone banking services, wherein a huge number of phone calls are handled. Gait authentication development is also ongoing, and facial muscle recognition functions are expected to be embedded in devices to use “facial recognition” technology that identifies shapes and sizes of and spaces between eyes, nose, mouth, and ears of the human face. In addition, studies on biometric technology that can measure blood sugar and heart rate through a sensor chip implanted in the skin are also in the pipeline.





The reality of imagination seen in movies is slowly evolving

With the help of science technology, imaginative weapons in movies are about to emerge in reality, and one of them is the curving bullet in Wanted. It is the “actively controlled bullet” that was first introduced in the American science magazine The Scientist in 1997 and is still being developed. However, as in the movie The Six Million Dollar Man or Terminator 4, bionics technology has been one of the favorite topics of science fiction filmmakers. However, unlike movies, the highly sophisticated technology is one of the fields that are not easily actualized in reality. The recently released movie The Martian is an example. In this film, which shows the survival of a man alone during the exploration of Mars, the hero builds a greenhouse on Mars and grows potatoes with dirt and feces. In reality, NASA has been researching into ways to cultivate plants on other planets, such as Mars, for over 30 years, and among them, water recycling technology is drawing the greatest attention. As they found, Mars has saltwater; thus, it is possible to supply water needed for farming by filtering out the salt from the planet. However, it is not easy to get enough light to cultivate plants. In particular, Martian soil is not fertile enough to grow plants, and the coldness in the winter precludes life of any creature, neither that of humans nor plants. Therefore, it is still impossible for someone on Earth to live on Mars. Even in the 21st century, all the forms of imagination shown in movies have not turned into reality and remain in the human mind. More efforts and time should be given to make these into reality.