The Future is Now: Sci-Fi Gadgets that are Actually Real

Earbuds/Bluetooth Devices

In Ray Bradbury’s 1953 novel Fahrenheit 451, he describes a device known as “Seashells” that sound an awful lot like today’s earbuds/Bluetooth devices: “And in her ears the little Seashells, the thimble radios tamped tight, and an electronic ocean of sound, of music and talk and music and talk coming in, coming in on the shore of her unsleeping mind.”

In the novel, the seashells act as a placation device and a major emotional barrier between the two main characters, which totally won’t make us wonder if we’re just mindless entertainment consuming zombies the next time we try to fall asleep while listening to a podcast.

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