Sci-fi. A word that opens up people's minds to a world of space odyssey, time travel, aliens, and robots. But sci-fi is about a lot more than just this. Visual artist Leopoldo D'Angelo reveals the potential of technological development in the sci-fi space.
What was sci-fi once is reality today
From smartphones to space ships, everything was once sci-fi. Dangiuz shares, "The idea of someone swiping a card for payments was just an idea in Edward Bellamy's 1887 novel. At that time, it was considered science fiction until it came out as an invention in the US in the 1920s. What made it possible? Technology!" So, these science-fiction-triggered technologies have always been on the cusp of creation. Some are already in early development stages.
CGI is going to break new grounds. Dangiuz describes, "The futuristic world of immersive, ultra-refined CGI as portrayed in Blade Runner is one of the things that inspire my art." CGI technology's ability to blur lines between fantasy and reality is what makes it one of the front-runners when it comes to technological advancements in the sci-fi genre. "Who doesn't like to be led by CGI-powered characters, equipped with telekinesis, into parallel universes or intergalactic warfare?" says Dangiuz.
The recent popularity of deepfakes or AI-manipulated videos corroborates CGI technology's rapid development. Dangiuz elaborates, "We see videos where the person in it is not actually that person but someone else. Jordan Peele had uploaded a video where he used sophisticated AI to turn Barack Obama's face as a puppet to warn about fake news!"
Dangiuz sees advanced holographic technology to garner more traction in the future. He shares, "Virtual Reality is like a big ocean. But, you're restricted by the face cover mask and lens that you have to wear." Dangiuz believes this will change in the years to come. He says, "Somewhere in the next 25 to 35 years, we will have access to a complete experience of holographic technology. You may not be able to tangibly touch something like it happens in Star Trek, but something close to it."
Biomimetics is an approach to design and invention that takes guidance from the natural world around us. Dangiuz mentions that this creative form of technology has the potential to improve human lives on a large scale. It's already at the forefront of technological advancements in the sci-fi arena. For instance, engineers could take inspiration from the internal design of seashells to build the arches of bridges. Dangiuz further shares, "Did you know that the aerodynamics of the famous Japanese Bullet train was inspired by the shape of a bird's beak?"
Dangiuz is a visual artist who got featured many times in the Maxon Galleries, one of the biggest companies in the 3D Arts field. His post-apocalyptic, sci-fi, and dystopian art is turning heads worldwide, making him an upcoming artist to keep an eye out for.