Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - R2-D2's Network Hacking Skills = Security Breaches

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2012-05-28
 
 
 

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later

Star Wars, which celebrates its 30th anniversary May 25, gave the IT industry more than a collective hobby and heroes. Many of the technologies introduced in the original 1977 film and its two sequels are now everyday technologies.

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - Aerial Spy Droids = Predator Drones

The spy droid that crashes near the Rebel base at the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back foreshadows the U.S. military's Predator drones that now fly above battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - Aerial Spy Droids = Predator Drones

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - Stun Guns = Tazers

The stun gun used on Leia in Star Wars has a real-world equivalent in nonlethal weapons currently being tested--Tasers, sound-wave guns, microwave guns. No handheld blasters yet, though ...

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - Stun Guns = Tazers

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - Handheld Communicators = Cell Phones

Who imagined when we first saw C-3POs handheld communicator that every preteen would one day possess similar technology?

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - Handheld Communicators = Cell Phones

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - R2-D2's Probe = USB Devices and Thumb Drives

R2-D2s hacking arm that seemed to fit into every data outlet on the Death Star later came to be in the form of USB devices and thumb drives.

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - R2-D2's Probe = USB Devices and Thumb Drives

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - Holograms = Videoconferencing

Darth Vader kept in constant personal contact with the Emperor through his hologram, and now your boss can do the same with videoconferencing.

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - Holograms = Videoconferencing

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - R2-D2's Network Hacking Skills = Security Breaches

R2-D2s seemed to be able to break into any computer network anywhere in the galaxy any time he needed to rescue someone from imminent termination. Unfortunately this same skill set now resides with malicious hackers.

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - R2-D2's Network Hacking Skills = Security Breaches

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - Skywalkers' Bionic Arms = Prosthetic Limbs

Luke and Anakin's bionic hand prostheses are coming close to reality.

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - Skywalkers' Bionic Arms = Prosthetic Limbs

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - R2-D2 = Robots

Robots are now nearly as robust and complex as R2-D2.

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - R2-D2 = Robots

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - The Shouldas, Couldas and Wouldas

In 1977, many were certain that the next 30 years would bring us flying cars and personal aircraft, space travel (to other planets), and laser rifles and blasters, but alas, that was a long time ago.

Star Wars' IT Legacy 30 Years Later - The Shouldas, Couldas and Wouldas

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