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Comment author: DanielLC 12 April 2014 05:41:48AM 2 points [-]

It's a strong argument in favor of accelerating change: the technology that exists today is way beyond many of the gadgets depicted in SF from a few decades back which predicted them for 1500 years later.

I've noticed that it's not so much that our technology is better as it is that it's completely different. Science fiction routinely includes things that are physically impossible. We invent things that never occurred to authors. What you're really doing is using science fiction to illustrate that you can't predict the future by relying on science fiction.