Sci-fi fiction is the Pandora box to open up imagination about technology landscape for Tech startup founders. In Feb 2018, Elon Musk launched his Tesla Roadster to the Mars to carry a file of trilogy of Foundation fiction of Isaac Asimov. Elon doesn’t hesitate to show his appreciation for the encouragement from the fictions of Asimov to move him into the rocket industry. The event told us about a closed-relationship between high-educated scifi-fiction writers to high-tech entrepreneurs in the world. Let’s review some of the big trails of scifi writers who build a whole new universe in their stories.
Jules Verne (1828 – 1905)
French writer is the most acclaimed author who had the second most-translated copies in the world. His fictions are famous by providing some future-prediction becoming real-things like submarine, travelling around the world by hot-air balloon, longitude and latitude calculation for rocketing a ship to the Moon, etc. In 1870, he was made a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur, a highest merit for his contribution to express French literatures to the world. We are, the readers worldwide, will never forget his characters like Mr. Captain Nemo of Nautilus in “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: A Tour of the Underwater World” and “The Mysterious Island”; amazing journeys like “Journey to the Center of the Earth” or “From the Earth to the Moon”, or enjoying the movie-version with Jackie Chan in “Around the World in 80 Days”. His imagination went further in his age to the modern day of us today. We always love his creative-disruptive thinking.
H.G. Wells (1866 – 1946)
His stories always raise the big concern about the dark-side of the scientific-achievement but it also helps us foresee those impacts ahead. He invented some famous-ideas about “The time-machine” or “The invisible man” that Hollywood made some hot-thriller movies. These ideas from him show the ambition of humankind to discover the depth secret of nature and control it like a pet to harvest the power. Especially, “The Island of Doctor Moreau” or “The War of the Worlds” are the best-fictions ever to warn the egocentric of human could destroy not just himself but all of the living world across universe for nothing. However, scientist never drop out the dream to understand of time-travelling back to past or forward to future, or studying photonic carefully to make us truly invisible, who’s knows?
Micheal Crichton (1942 – 2008)
Graduated from Harvard Medical School brings Crichton tons of knowledge of biomedicine into his novels. Then all of us will be easy to agree with him about the possibility of cloning a fractional-DNA of dinosaurs inside of an ancient mosquito trapped into an amber. It’s a very famous idea in his well-known “The Jurassic Park” that Hollywood first debut with Steven Spielberg in 1993 with a lot of special visual-effects. His recent sequel title “Westworld” was remade by HBO from the original 1973 told another thriller story about the amusement park where guests could buy ticket to kill humanlike-robots for entertainment. Through his amazing but cold-blood scenarios about genetic editing power could harm humankind, we learn and remind ourselves about the role of scientific evolution.
Isaac Asimov (1965 – 1992)
We should say Asimov doesn’t write novel; he creates whole unique universe. He has big fans in the world that they think he’s the father of his planet. He does not just invent the term “Robotic” but also 03 robot rules as below: “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law”. These rules are the basic guidance for AI training program for robotics industry. The trilogy “Foundation” novels of Asimov are the best-ever scifi-fiction series in the world of Tech-enthusiastic founders like Elon Musk. You will be easier to remember another public movie “I, Robot” stared by Will Smith from Asimov that we will learn a lot about the world in which robots and human work together.
Tezuka Osamu (1928 – 1989)
If we consider comic book is same kind with fiction by meaning of storytelling, we will need to include the father of Japan anime/ manga as the same kind with scifi-fiction writers above, Master. Tezuka Osamu. Graduated as a PhD. from Nara Medical University brings him a lot knowledge about surgeon and human ontology, Master drew a lot of mangas about superhuman or psychologic diseases of human. He’s the father of these famous characters like Astro Boy, Simba, Black Jack, Unico, Phoenix etc. In his manga/ anime, the dream about human could harvest the best-universal power from inside to make a better world is so beautiful. We need to believe in his vision.
Fujiko F. Fujio (1933 – 1996)
Doraemon is the most well-known robot cat in the world, he travels from future to help a dummy boy Nobita by his technology-scientific toys. The journeys of the band of children with all-kind hearts to travel through many world/ universes to use futuristic toys to fight the bad-guys who would want to use same technology tools to control everything. The good-will always win, the friendship always stand strong to the challenges, and children-power always heal the broken-world of adults. We love Doraemon, then we believe more about the good-side of technology could save the world. We need to thank for his twinkle-eyes stories to nurture our next generation.
We should love scifi-fiction and scifi-manga when we start a tech startup, shouldn’t we?