The Future According to Pop Culture
by Staff
If you've ever wondered where your flying car was (especially when stuck in traffic) or why you can't zoom off to your next meeting using a personal jetpack, this is the quiz for you! Find out if pop culture is really a good predictor of future trends.

With its flying cars, robot maid and huge videophone screens, "The Jetsons" tried to depict the future as set in which year?

  • 1990
  • 2013
  • 2062

Which of the following future technologies was correctly predicted in the 1989 movie "Back to the Future Part II"?

  • self-tying shoelaces
  • video games played without using controllers
  • home fusion generators

Which popular horror writer wrote of traveling to a colony on Mars in the early 24th century via teleportation in the story “The Jaunt”?

  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • Stephen King
  • Clive Barket

In which "Star Trek" movie does a doctor give a patient a pill that allows her to grow a new kidney?

  • “Star Trek: First Contact”
  • “Star Trek”
  • “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”

What form of identification did sci-fi writer Elizabeth Moon claim that we should all be using in the future?

  • microchips
  • bar codes
  • tattoos

Which famous physicist stated in 1932 that "there is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable"?

  • Carl David Anderson
  • Albert Einstein
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer

Aldous Huxley’s novel "Brave New World" predicted a unified government whose citizens worship which industrialist?

  • Henry Ford
  • Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • Andrew Carnegie

What was the first TV show to depict the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse?

  • “Zombieland”
  • “The Walking Dead”
  • “Sleepers”

Lots of movies have predicted underwater habitats in the future. What's the longest that anybody has spent actually living under the sea?

  • 30 days
  • 58 days
  • 69 days

Why did freeze-dried "astronaut ice cream" only make it to space once, on the 1968 Apollo 7 mission?

  • Nobody liked it.
  • It crumbled and got stuck in the spacecraft’s delicate instrumentation.
  • NASA determined that ice cream should not be included on spaceflights because it’s not healthy.

When did the concept of a personal jet pack first appear in pop culture?

  • 1915
  • 1928
  • 1943

Which movie features the first robot ever to be shown on film?

  • “A Trip to the Moon”
  • “Flash Gordon”
  • “Metropolis”

When was the stereotypical phrase "little green men" first used to describe extraterrestrials in print?

  • 1908
  • 1932
  • 1938

The 1960s TV show "Lost in Space" features a family called the Robinsons setting out from Earth to start colonizing a planet orbiting which star?

  • Sirius
  • Alpha Centauri
  • Vega

The first scene in the Kevin Costner sci-fi movie "Waterworld" showed him performing what act that many film-goers found disgusting?

  • using the ocean as a toilet
  • eating roadkill
  • urinating, filtering the urine, then drinking it

In the sci-fi movie "The Fifth Element," what meal does the character Leeloo cook in seconds using food pellets and a microwave-like oven?

  • roast chicken
  • pizza
  • steak and potatoes

Who was the first person to predict human colonization of the moon?

  • Isaac Asimov
  • John Wilkins
  • Arthur C. Clarke

What year did the powdered orange drink called Tang appear on the market?

  • 1949
  • 1959
  • 1969

The Eloi and the Morlocks are two imagined, post-human races from which sci-fi novella?

  • "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
  • "The Time Machine"
  • "Time After Time"

What does the term "retro-futurism" mean?

  • depictions of the future as seen from the past
  • depictions of the past as seen from the future
  • both of the above