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Throughout history, works of science fiction have always been a source of inspiration for real world inventors and scientists. From the works of Jules Verne to the works of more recent writers such as Rod Serling and Richard Matheson, science fiction has always been a rich well of source material. Probably no other work of science fiction has had such an impact on our culture then Stanley Kubric's 1968 classic film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. 2001: A Space Odyssey can almost been seen as a crystal ball looking into the future of our society. Everything from Skype to Flat Screen televisions seem to have been eerily predicted by Kubric. Before really diving into all the direct influences 2001 has had on the world as we know it, lets take a brief look at it's creator, Stanley Kubric. As a director, Kubric was notorious for being compulsive about even the smallest detail of his film. It's well know in the industry how difficult he could be to work with because of his eye to detail. Everything from the patterns of the rugs in The Shinning to the length of Alex's eye lash in A Clockwork Orange, Kubric was responsible for making sure were perfect to his vision. Understanding Kubric's mind and work ethic make it clear to see his genius and his insanity, both of which attribute the mass amount of detail and care put into creating the world with in 2001: A Space Odyssey. The culture of the time when 2001: A Space Odyssey was made, was one of paranoia and tension. The cold war was in full effect, America was still trying to recover from the assassination of JFK and the space race was raging. Kubric seemed to take all these elements and, like a cunning chess player, predict three to four moves ahead. In our case, his moves were generations. W... ... middle of paper ... ... the click of a button to be instantly connected to friends, family and loved ones all over the world. Plus one is not limited in where they can be when making these calls. Mobility these days is no longer a luxury but a necessity. This is a giant step from the old phone services of the 1960's that depended on phone lines and rotatory dialing. Kubric thinking was very realistic and logical. Everything designed was done so to reflect the natural progression of the environment that surrounded him at the time. Overall Kubric developed a rich world that wasn't just a static set. It became a character in it's self. It was a living organic environment that has either directly or indirectly impacted our culture and helped advance or technology in one way or another. Without the vision and style of 2001: A Space Odyssey our society have have turned out very differently.

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