The Future is Now

@article{Kirby2010TheFI,
  title={The Future is Now},
  author={David A. Kirby},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  year={2010},
  volume={40},
  pages={41 - 70}
}
  • D. A. Kirby
  • Published 1 February 2010
  • Engineering
  • Social Studies of Science
Scholarship in the history and sociology of technology has convincingly demonstrated that technological development is not inevitable, pre-destined or linear. In this paper I show how the creators of popular films including science consultants construct cinematic representations of technological possibilities as a means by which to overcome these obstacles and stimulate a desire in audiences to see potential technologies become realities. This paper focuses specifically on the production… Expand

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