Science fiction inspires real science
When the film 2001: A Space Odyssey premiered in 1968, it stunned audiences and the world with its vision of the future. Director Stanley Kubrick and science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke had combined forces to create the most realistic space adventure ever made.
One effect of the film was to inspire many people to pursue careers in space exploration, artificial intelligence, and other fields. Some of those people, featured here, are bringing us closer to the film's vision of the future.
See below for streaming video interviews with 5 artists and scientists. In addition, an online discussion area is provided to allow you to post your own comments, or respond to the questions raised in the interview.