Tuesday, 28 March 2017

"a Star Wars blueprint" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by KLGreenNYC
George Lucas may have left the Star Wars franchise, but that doesn't mean an end to our exploration of new galaxies beyond our own. In fact, in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed that Star Wars will continue long after Episode IX, which is currently being prepped in time for release in 2019.

Commenting on the franchise at Scale: The Future of Tech and Entertainment, Iger said we'll likely see "another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories". If that's the case, the world as we know it – both on-and-off-screen – will look very different by then, which could make for some interesting new storylines. Indeed, when Spielberg originally directed A New Hope back in 1977, innovations such as electric cars, bitcoin and even the internet were mere twinkles in the eyes of society.

Of course, the idea of Star Wars or any sci-fi creation is to move beyond the norm and look at what life would be in the future. However, the mind is often influenced by its current surroundings, which is why the next series of Star Wars creations could have some cool new twists.

New Technology Could Inspire New Stars Wars Innovations

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For instance, bitcoin could inspire ideas of a new monetary system for the galaxy. Although Imperial Credits were a virtual currency of sorts, they didn't have many of the features we now associate with bitcoin (simply because it wasn't there as a source of inspiration). Today, we know that bitcoin transactions are great for those that want to stay virtually anonymous, and therefore safer, online. As an example, modern online casino fans are now starting to move towards bitcoin-only sites in a bid to offer a greater level of protection to their bankroll.

As you can see on the VegasCasino website, the cashier page allows you use a bitcoin wallet (either Cubits or Coinimal) to make a deposit. Instead of the player having to type in their name, card number and so on, they only need to input the amount they want to send and VegasCasino's wallet address. In short, because the player doesn't have to disclose any personal information, they aren't putting themselves at risk when they want to play Satoshi Blackjack or any other bitcoin casino game.

Because we know this sort of system is possible, the way Imperial Credits are used in future movies could change. Perhaps General Hux turns rogue and is forced to make secret payments to the dark side. Maybe Keylo Ren needs to find a secure line of communication and the mechanics behind bitcoin are the inspiration behind an anonymous system. Basically, if the director behind the new series of Star Wars movies is looking to make their mark and emulate the success of Spielberg, they'll need to take a look around them at the world as it stands and use it to enhance their product.

Use the Force of Trendy Tech to Create a Modern Sci-Fi Universe

"Star Wars Days 2013 at LEGOLAND" (CC BY 2.0) by Ayleen Dority
Although bitcoin has provided an exciting new way for people to pay, there are plenty of other innovations that have changed the way we see and interact with the world around us. Tesla, under the guidance of Elon Musk, is currently showing us that power and energy can be generated in new ways. Could this provide some inspiration for a new spacecraft that's not only more efficient than something like the Millennium Falcon, but quicker? Indeed, the Tesla P90D is one of the fastest cars to 60mph in the world and it doesn't use a traditional combustion engine.

This fact alone has proved that you can think outside of the box and get some impressive results. That's something we can look forward to as the franchise grows and evolves. Does that mean every new Star Wars product will be a hit? Certainly not, but now we know the stories will live on, there's no doubt the top directors will be looking to the latest tech trends to make each movie resonant with modern audiences.

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