Episode 9: Growing pop cultures

Futurists often use popular science-fiction stories to predict future STEM trends. Many technologies previously seen only on Star Trek and similar shows have now become everyday objects, like the iPad. Can you think of something you use today that might have come out of a sci-fi movie in the past?

Also in this episode, we ask who or what inspired you to undertake STEM studies - did you have a favourite science character growing up? Or perhaps it was your teacher! We brought in the hosts of sci-fi radio program Zero G to help us look at the sci-fi movies that inspire people in STEM. We also went to a student BBQ to survey today’s undergrads about who inspired them - and their answers may surprise you!

This episode’s reverse engineering is presented by Henry Duffield, who deep dives into AI and machine learning.