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Sci-fi technology a reality?

Cryo tubes used to hold human bodies
Cryo tubes used to hold human bodies
Photo: Paramount Pictures

The distance between technology and the mind’s imagination has always been rightfully exponential in its growth. As new tech with new gadgets arrive on the market, science fiction rises to the challenge to become better, more outlandish and more inventive … Or so it would seem.

Take a step back and look at how far technology has come! Big achievements like humanity landing on the moon and the atom bomb have surpassed the literature that called it science fiction. Smaller, more gradual feats of technology like video conferencing, the World Wide Web and cell phones have slowly made their way to reaching fantastical heights and could continually grow in their abilities.

Some technologies in science fiction like time travel and worm holes in space are still kept for fantasy. Many studies have been done to see if things like these are even possible. The results mostly say that they are not; at least not in the foreseeable future.

However, there are a few more significant accomplishments humankind has come across that many people have not thought would be possible. An example would be the new technology that is able to put a dying patient into suspended animation to give them more time to be saved. Doctors inject a chilled saline solution into the patient’s body to cool it as quickly as possible. Once the life-saving procedure is finished, the patient is slowly warmed up.

It’s kind of like a shallow version of cryofreeze right? Think about it. How many movies and television shows have portrayed a character frozen over a period of time (against their will or not) to either save them or keep them pliant? The technology in Forever Young, Captain America, Firefly and Lost in Space was never seen as a reality… but is it close? Many people have paid for their bodies to be frozen when they die in order to be woken up later, but the science still hasn't caught up to the level of bringing them out of a frozen death. But if this small step in the medical field has proven worthy, then what might the future hold?
What other leaps of science could finally meet the brazen ideas in science fiction?