Let’s see the top 10 science fiction movies
featuring the future of medicine. This is Bertalan Mesko and you are watching
the channel of The Medical Futurist. I’m a science fiction movie geek, to be honest.
I think I’ve seen all the major and even the minor movies from the 1920s. So I thought
that I would share those 10 movies in science fiction with you which I think give quite
a good picture about what we can expect to see in the next years, in the future of medicine.
Let’s start with The Fifth Element released in 1997 by Luc Besson in which we can see
3D printing in action. In that movie, not just organs or human tissues, but a whole
human body was printed out by using the blueprint, the DNA behind that.
In the same year, another movie was released called Gattaca that demonstrated the dark
future of genomics with genetically “inferior” people. It shows what happens if we do not
prepare the society for the challenges genomics will provide in the future.
The third movie I have in mind is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind released in
2004. What if we could erase parts from our memories or add new ones? I’m pretty sure
the makers of the movie did not have optogenetics in mind as a method back then, but we are
truly moving towards an era when these things become possible.
The 4th movie is Inception by Christopher Nolan released in 2010 in which we can upload
or download data from our minds, but the movie is mostly about the implantation of another
person’s idea into someone else’s subconscious mind.
The 5th movie is Prometheus. With the advancements of robotic interventions in surgery, we can
expect that we will be able to develop robots that can perform operations themselves without
even the human supervision The 6th one is Robot & Frank released in 2012.
In an aging society, it is going to be a more and more important and challenging process
to take care of the elderly population. This movie focuses on a robot with artificial intelligence
that can do this job in almost a human way. Then here is Cloud Atlas by the Wachowski
brothers. This unique film shows the use of a real medical tricorder just like in Star
Trek. A small device that can analyze, spot and detect diseases as well as, obviously,
cure them right there. Then in 2013, a movie called Elysium was published
and released. In a futuristic world where there is no sickness mostly due to the multi-functional
radiology machine that checks your body in seconds, tells you what disease you have,
or what percentage of your cells are cancerous, and then it cures you immediately.
Then there is a new movie released by Terry Gilliam, The Zero Theorem in which the character
played by Christopher Waltz is diagnosed with several conditions by Dr. Shrink-ROM demonstrating
telemedicine at its best and worst. And the last one, but not least, Lucy released
in 2014 by Luc Besson which depicts a woman played by Scarlett Johansson who gains psychokinetic
abilities from a synthetic drug called CPH4 being absorbed into her bloodstream leading
to increased physical and mental capabilities such as telepathy or mental time travel.
In my new book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, after every chapter focusing on
trends and technologies, I also share what movies talk about these topics in details.
I hope that you will share your favorite movies in the comment section under this video or
on the Facebook page of The Medical Futurist! Thank you!