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Our online casino might offer you slight glimpses into the past and future with our thematic slots, but they’re all about having fun and winning – and thus far, that’s where it’s ended. Imagine for a moment Megasaur or Ghost Ship slots are no longer simply fictional titles to be found on the reels!

Hollywood has both fortunately and unfortunately gotten it spot on, on too many occasions to mention. From online identity theft, to streaming sites and fully functional AI robots – all ahead of their time – it became our reality… as in, IRL!

Some even impacted the very existence of Springbok online casino, as without them, we would not exist! Without further ado, here – in no particular order – are 7 movies that actually accurately predicted the future.

1. Star Wars (1977) – Holograms

Nearly five decades ago, long before the dawn of the online casino, or any technology that would have made it remotely possible, the original Star Wars created quite a stir. In 1977, the Commodore PET (Personal Electronic Transactor) was introduced. It was the first computer available for ‘at home’ use, and it had a memory of just 4 or 8 KB! Hardly enough to power even the smallest modern-day online casino.

Without any spoilers, in one scene in the film, a heartfelt plea was made to Obi-Wan Kenobi by a holographic princess. This moment in cinematic history resulted in the idea of holograms becoming a staple in fantasy and sci-fi movies for decades to come.

With no inkling of such technology even being remotely possible, how did Star Wars manage to predict something that would – decades later – become a reality? Perhaps it was merely a supercharged imagination, who knows… but the three-dimensional imagery projection is here!

There are several companies that are actively working on producing the best holographic products for at home, office and entertainment use. Since Will I Am’s holographic appearance during the run up of the 2008 US election on CNN, to the live 3D interactive 4K hologram powered by PORTL that appeared at four Super Bowl-related events in 2022, the race is certainly on.

Imagine playing at Springbok online casino and having slots, video poker or roulette projected in 3D, high resolution, with audio, interactive gaming, and the works? With massive advances being made in holographic technology, this is definitely a future possibility!

2. Total Recall (1990) – Self-Driving Cars

“You're in a Johnny Cab!” – that is the response Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character, Douglas Quaid got when he asked, “where am I?”, after waking up in the backseat of a self-propelled vehicle. The Johhny Cab driver was merely there for aesthetic reasons, and it turned its head right around to respond to his passenger.

In the early 90s, the idea of self-driving cars were simply conceptualised up to that point, with experiments dating back to the 1920s. In 2022, actual autopilot vehicles are readily available for public purchase, with Tesla largely leading the way. Other manufactures such as Mercedes Benz, Honda and even Google have jumped on the self-propelled bandwagon too!

What is so great about this invention? Well, for one, you can literally kick back, load Springbok Casino and play online casino games while the car does the rest! Tesla also claims that their Autopilot is safer than human-propelled vehicles. That said, not all roads are ready for this technology – so, if you’re in South Africa and you somehow manage to acquire an Autopilot Tesla model, we do recommend keeping your eyes on the road!

3. Demolition Man (1993) – Living During a Pandemic & Cryogenics

We’re in our third year of the world living with the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2019, our current situation was pretty much unimaginable. Yet in 1993, the movie Demolition Man featured eerie similarities to what we have experienced. The film stars Sylvester Stallone as John Spartan, a cryogenically frozen cop who was to be “thawed out” in 2032 to hunt down a villain from his past.

Now that we’ve mentioned cryogenics – enter prediction number two! Firstly, the pandemic-related similarities included life in lockdown, with everything from people avoiding shaking hands, to toilet paper shortages. Thank goodness we had Springbok online casino to see us through those tough times!

As for cryogenics? That is also no longer a thing of films and fiction. Demolition Man was, however, not the first movie to feature a character in a state of ‘suspended animation’. Films dating back to the 1930s already featured this concept as part of their plot.

4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Tablets, Interactive Computers & More

2001: A Space Odyssey is easily the most mind-blowing films in terms of future revelations on our list. It is also one of the most acclaimed science fiction movies of all time! Unbelievable ‘futuristic’ technology features in this 1968 blockbuster – even the stuff that we need today to play at an online casino!

As modern humans, living in a technologically advanced era, you might watch the film and recognise many of the items as things we already have. Yet back then, it wasn’t even close to becoming a reality. This film also featured cryogenics – but in addition to that, we got our first glimpse of tablet type computers, video calling, ‘advanced’ AI, Siri-like interactive computers, and more…

The kinks in commercial space travel is still being ironed out, but as for the rest, the future is now! You can access our online casino on your tablet or computer, video calling is a part of our daily lives, Siri and Alexa jumps on your command and AI is being integrated into anything and everything.

The real question here is – did SpaceX or Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic take inspiration from 2001: A Space Odyssey? Likewise, did this film perhaps inspire our current mobile, AI and communication technology? Either way, playing at an online casino is possible, whether this cinematic marvel had something to do with it, or not!

5. Die Another Day (2002) – Invisible Car

You can’t go out to your local motor vehicle dealer to buy an invisible car, and we doubt this will ever be possible… but in Pierce Brosnan’s last James Bonds film, “Bond, James Bond”, had an invisible car. More accurately, an invisible Aston Martin.

James Bond’s car, and incognito planes – such as the Blackbird X-Jet in Marvel’s X-Men film, or DC’s “Invisible Plane” which serves as occasional transport for Wonder Woman – have only been a thing of movies. Or have they? The answer is a shocking “NO!”.

Who would have a real use for this kind of tech? The military, of course! “Bionic adaptive camouflage material is a new artificial functional material, whose surface colour can change adaptively according to the optical environments.” This very same technology is being incorporated into military infantry vehicles.

The tech furthermore makes military transportation undetectable by hostile thermal imaging systems. It sounds very sci-fi, but we assure you, it’s not! What is easy to detect is our host of sci-fi themed slots. If this genre piques your interest, why not check out Pulsar and Nova 7’s slots at our online casino!

6. Minority Report (2002) – Personalized Targeted Advertising

1997 saw the dawn of the first social media platform, Six Degrees, which allowed users to upload a profile photo and connect with family, friends and other users. The platform didn’t have a long lifespan and retired three years later. Six years later, Facebook was made public, and, well, the rest is history…

In the beginning, it truly was a great tool for connecting with people and it brought the world that much closer together. Then entered the era of personalised ads, and tracking… As in the 2002 film, Minority Report, Tom Cruise’s character, John Anderton, walks through a mall rampant with ads that mention him by name. They know too much – including that the character is an American Express cardholder. In the film, this was done through optical scanning.

Thankfully, no one is scanning our eyeballs, just yet… but have you noticed when you have a conversation with someone about a topic – and next thing an add relating to said topic pops up on your social feeds? It can get so eery that it might stop you in your tracks – but that is what current tech enable – tracking, of everything.

At Springbok Casino, we take your privacy seriously. Our online casino only tracks the most basic elements required to deliver optimised gaming and personalised free bonuses! Your phone might be a ‘peeping tom’, but we certainly are not, guaranteed.

7. Soylent Green (1973) – Global Warming

Last on our list is the 1973 film, Soylent Green. It’s not a particularly popular film – except perhaps for the massive twist in its ending. The film tells a story of an overpopulated future, resulting in a shortage of resources – including food – which leads the infamous reveal.

The film references the ‘greenhouse effect’, or as it has since been coined, ‘global warming’. Although the catastrophic state is dramatized – and we’re not yet at that level of destruction – given the history of movies becoming ‘real’, perhaps we should see it as a cautionary tale?

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