Science fiction and technology have always enjoyed a symbiotic relationship. Sometimes the same people create the fiction, creating an in-built feedback loop. Take sci-fi luminary Arthur C. Clarke, who divided his time between penning seminal works of the genre such as 2001: A Space Odyssey and setting out the principles for revolutionary developments such as geostationary satellite communications.
The old adage that life imitates art is never truer than in the world of technology, where the future is imagined before it can be made real. Mixing soaring imagination with empirically-grounded scientific reason is a delicate concoction to mix.
A panel of futurists, hackers and security evangelists assembled by Russian cybersecurity giant Kaspersky Lab discussed when technology made the dreams become real.