We are living in yesterday’s future. Ideas that started life in science fiction have steadily made their way into reality, first as technical concepts inspired by their fictional sources, then as prototypes and finally as real-life products. Throughout this process, the constraints of reality – practicality, social acceptance and even trends – have shaped these ideas into things that can work for the world we live in, until finally the real-life future of today takes form.

In this section we look at the futuristic reality of today, from the ideas once decried as impossible to the sci-fi dreams made real.

Background code by Manuel Pinto