Remember The Jetsons, the 1970s cartoon that saw a future of flying around in personal flying cars and being waited on by household robots by now. So, SciFi does not always accurately predict the future. But sometimes the get it right. Tom Cruise’s Minority Report in 2002 was precedent in its prediction of personalized advertising; Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy for E-Books right.
So, what has SciFi envisioned as the future of relationships? Pamela Hagg, a writer for Big Think (http://bigthink.com/harpys-review/your-marriage-of-the-future-seven-science-fiction-ideas-about-relationships-and-sex-that-might-come-true) came up with a few interesting ones that have made the rounds of SciFi literature.
1. Relationships will be much more openly non-monogomous: A very common theme in SciFi is a more open perspective on sexuality and more sexually open relationships. Whether this will become mainstream or not, it is arguably already becoming mainstreamed in the scifi subculture, where scifi and fantasy conventions seem to coincide regulatory with polyamory events. I would argue that sexual openness is becoming more common (an estimated 5% of relationships are sexually open to some degree), but it is hard for me to imagine this become truly mainstream, jealousy and such being what it is.
2. Dissolution of the nuclear family, with more communal child rearing: This, and other forms of utopian, communal societies, are a common scifi theme. In the years since these books have been written, I think we are seeing, if anything, the opposite trend. Suburban living and busy, over scheduled lives, seem to be moving societies away from communal living and toward insularity.
3. human/android relationships: Lets face it, the human-like, thinking feeling android has taken a lot longer to develop than folks in the 70s were thinking. Could someone fall in love with a non-carbon life form that looked and thought and loved like a human? I think they could. Will science produce one? Probably eventually. I think the ore likely evolution is that nano tech ad biotech will combine to insert technology into human and the exact definition of human will morph. There may well be a future where we are growing and transplanting hearts and organs and significantly enhancing brain function through technology. At some point, are these creations human or something else. This form of technology induced evolution may make the android/human divide moot
So, is the future full of open sex and communal living with human/android hybrids? What do you think?