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

ROFL 07-07-2013

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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  1. dragonmouth
    July 17, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    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.

  2. ashton zvirevo
    July 10, 2013 at 6:34 am

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

  3. Christine S
    July 9, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    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.

  4. Manuel G
    July 8, 2013 at 5:49 pm

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

  5. Emlyn
    July 8, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Prometheus came out in 2012

  6. Jeremy G
    July 8, 2013 at 5:32 am

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

  7. slywlf
    July 7, 2013 at 10:53 pm

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

    • Brandon L
      July 13, 2013 at 1:32 am

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

  8. Jaypee C
    July 7, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    overload :))

  9. Doc
    July 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    "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
      July 7, 2013 at 5:13 pm

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

      • Doc
        July 8, 2013 at 12:25 am

        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...

        • hernytan
          July 13, 2013 at 10:14 am

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