Charles Q. Choi, SPACE.com contributor, says that from household robots to bionic hands to CNN holograms, the world is looking more and more like that galaxy far, far away, in the Christian Science Monitor:
It’s been more than 30 years since “Star Wars” first exploded into theaters, but the swashbuckling sci-fi films from writer-director George Lucas have left a legacy no other blockbuster has surpassed.
Increasingly, the impact of “Star Wars” is not limited to pop culture or even world politics. As science and technology advance, the world is little by little growing more and more like that galaxy far, far away.
A taste of the science fiction franchise’s impact is landing in Orlando, Fla., this week, where devotees from around the world are expected to congregate for the Star Wars Celebration V convention. The four-day convention runs Thursday through Sunday at the Orange County Convention Center.
The cultural influence of the six “Star Wars” films, plus the novels, comics, television shows, games, toys, spoofs and documentaries linked with “Star Wars,” is such that, in the 2001 United Kingdom census, some 390,000 people stated their religion as Jedi, making it the fourth largest religion surveyed. Just last month, members of the performance art group Improv Everywhere filmed themselves re-enacting Princess Leia’s capture by Darth Vader on the New York subway, and the automotive navigation systems company TomTom recently made “Star Wars” voices an option for its GPS devices…
[continues in the Christian Science Monitor]