Brent Scowcroft Center Nonresident Senior Fellow August Cole cowrites for the Wall Street Journal Speakeasy with P.W. Singer on technology in the “Star Wars” series that actually has parallels with today’s technological innovations:
For a story that takes place “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” a great deal of the technology in the “Star Wars” series actually has parallels today on planet Earth. Part of the reason is, ironically, how long the franchise has been around. Concepts and ideas that were the stuff of science fiction when the first “Star Wars” movie came out in 1977 have had almost three decades of science to become real.
Here’s a look at a few of the technologies and scenes that you can tell fellow moviegoers are actually the real deal: