How Sci-Fi Computer Interfaces Have Evolved In The Last 50 Years

Human imagination knowns no bounds. Over the last 50 years, science fiction has led our vision for futuristic computers and their interfaces, which have evolved from anthropomorphic robots to command line interfaces and finally to the immersive 3D holographic workstations that we love today.

To celebrate the role science fiction has played in setting new standards and pushing the technology industry forward, Glow New Media designed this impressively detailed infograph, depicting the best examples of Sci-Fi computer interfaces from the past 50 years.

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“Matrix 2003″ – The original Matrix was in 1999, and I’m pretty sure that image isn’t from any of the 3 movies.

Junnette A

It was from the second movie, Matrix Reloaded (2003). That was the operator when they requested entrance to Zion.


Then the heading should have stated such, and the “wetware” description really should have referenced the first movie; there was plenty of that in the first movie…


Agreed. The Matrix had a lot of better photos to choose from, why did the author have to pick this frankly unrecognisable one?


Jaypee C

overload :))



So – Avatar got included with a vision but no prediction?

Brandon L

Hopefully wraparound 3d holograms will come to fruition in the future.


Jeremy G

I’m particularly impressed by the 3D landscape console in After Earth



Prometheus came out in 2012


Manuel G

I have not seen any of these “blended 3D reality overlays” that Prometheus predicted.


Christine S

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (the book that became Blade Runner) looks at the blurring between humans and replicas. It suggests that digitally mediated interactions can be meaningful. Very true now in terms of the way in which we re-create digital presences for our selves (via Facebook etc) through which we communicate with other digital identities.


ashton zvirevo

i like your sci-fi computers so how do i start it



A functioning proof-of-concept vieophone was displayed at the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65. For a nominal fee one could actually use it to make a phone call.

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