Weird Science (1985)
What it predicted: 3D printing.
Okay so 3D printers aren’t actually able to create the Kelly LeBrock-shaped woman of your dreams out of a Barbie doll and an archaic looking computer (yet). But the concept of a printer able to manufacture any sort of three-dimensional object was still very much an impossible dream in 1985, and becoming surprisingly commonplace in 2016.
What it predicted: Smart homes.
The Automated Domestic Appliance Monitor that Roger Empson created to assist his disabled wife could easily pass as a prototype for any of the multiplying number of smart home solutions available today. Luckily for us, though, none of these systems seem to have developed A.D.A.M.’s penchant for romance (and violent jealousy). At least, not yet.
The Terminator (1984)
What it predicted: Military drones.
We were only given the briefest of glimpses of hunter killer aircraft in the first Terminator film. Back then the idea of unmanned planes that rained down fiery death seemed ridiculous and fantastical. Today, however, drones are everywhere, assisting in police actions and playing a prominent part in conflicts across the globe. Did you know the British military also have a satellite system called Skynet?
The Truman Show (1998)
What it predicted: Reality TV.
It may seem strange at a time when such a huge portion of programming is reality orientated, but back in 1998 the idea of voyeuristic television was strange enough to be considered fiction. And whilst The Truman Show didn’t quite predict the invention of Kocktails with Khloe, it did prove to be spot on when it came to the appetite to creepily watch other people’s lives unfold.
What it predicted: Hacking / cyber warfare.
Back in 1983 a fresh-faced Matthew Broderick took a break from cutting class to show us what the future of hacking and cyber warfare might look like. The film's slightly light on actual details, but given that it was released seven years before the dawn of the World Wide Web, we're willing to cut it some slack. It may not have precisely predicted DDoS attacks or allegations of Russian hackers influencing foreign elections, but it did impress on audiences the powerful potential of 'the cyber'.
Total Recall (1990)
What it predicted: Self-driving cars.
Time travelling murderous cyborgs may still be a bit out of reach, but if Uber, Google, Volvo et al. have anything to say about it the self-driving cars we see in the Arnie-starring Total Recall might not be such a flight (or commute) of fancy.
What it predicted: America’s economic hardships, demise of the Soviet Union, and the rise of China.
This oft-overlooked satire features a bankrupt American Government that must run a telethon to raise cash for its ailing economy. It also features hybrid vehicles, the end of the Soviet Union, China turning to capitalism and becoming a superpower, Vietnam becoming a major tourist attraction, smoking being banned and a future where The Beach Boys are still recording. All in all it’s an absurdly accurate take on the world we call home today.
The whole list is surprising good at showing how there is truth in movies. Predictive programming is a big part of movies and is probably one of the main purposes of most movies. I think the reason behind showing the "future" in movies in the form of predictive programming is for psychological purposes to get the slaves to accept change that is coming and also to plant ideas in our subconscious so we are more willing to go along with them without resisting or causing any trouble.