Isn’t it interesting how all computers featured in movies are incredibly fast and advanced supercomputers? Why can’t my computer do that? The portrayal of computer science in movies is often extremely ridiculous. Here are some of the amazing things that computers can do… only in the movies.
Bad Examples Of Computer Science In Movies
- Word processors never display a cursor.
- You never have to use the space-bar when typing long sentences.
- Movie characters never make typing mistakes.
- All monitors display inch-high letters.
- High-tech computers, such as those used by NASA, the CIA or some such governmental institution, will have easy to understand graphical interfaces.
- Those that don’t have graphical interfaces will have incredibly powerful text-based command shells that can correctly understand and execute commands typed in plain English.
- Note: Command line interfaces will give you access to any information you want by simply typing, “ACCESS THE SECRET FILES” on any near-by keyboard.
- You can also infect a computer with a destructive virus by simply typing “UPLOAD VIRUS”. (Fortress)
- Every computer is part of the Internet. You can access any computer, especially the villain’s, even if it’s turned off.
- Powerful computers beep whenever you press a key or the screen changes. Some computers also slow down the output on the screen so that it doesn’t go faster than you can read. Really advanced computers will also emulate the sound of a dot-matrix printer.
- All computer panels operate on thousands of volts and have explosive devices underneath their surface.
- People typing on a computer can safely turn it off without saving the data.
- A hacker is always able to break into the most sensitive computer in the world by guessing the secret password in two tries.
- You may bypass “PERMISSION DENIED” message by using the “OVERRIDE” function. (Demolition Man)
- Computers only take 2 seconds to boot up instead of the average minutes for desktop PCs and 30 minutes or more for larger systems that can run 24 hours, 365 days a year without a reset.
- Complex calculations and loading of huge amounts of data will be accomplished in under three seconds. Movie modems usually appear to transmit data instantly.
- When the _____ overheats, all control panels will explode shortly before the entire building will.
- If you display a file on the screen and someone deletes the file, it also disappears from the screen (Clear and Present Danger).
- Trying to access encrypted files? No problem. A disk will automatically ask you for a password when you insert it into a computer.
- Computers can interface with any other computer regardless of the manufacturer or galaxy where it originated. (Independence Day)
- Computer disks will work on any computer has a floppy drive and all software is usable on any platforms.
- The more high-tech the equipment, the more buttons it will have (Aliens).
- Many computers have a clearly labeled “SELF-DESTRUCT” button.
- Most computers, no matter how small, have reality-defying three-dimensional active animation and photo-realistic graphics capabilities.
- Laptops always have amazing real-time video phone capabilities and performance similar to a CRAY Supercomputer.
- Whenever a character looks at a monitor, the image is so bright that it projects itself onto their face. (Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey)
- Searches on the internet will always return what you are looking for no matter how vague your keywords are. For example, in the film Mission Impossible, Tom Cruise searches with keywords like “file” and “computer” and 3 results are returned.
Frank Wilson is a retired teacher with over 30 years of combined experience in the education, small business technology, and real estate business. He now blogs as a hobby and spends most days tinkering with old computers. Wilson is passionate about tech, enjoys fishing, and loves drinking beer.