October 28, 2010, 3:23 PM — Speculative fiction often anticipates and inspires real world innovation. Today we have another example of this happening, this time from the world of counter-espionage. Sort of.
Way back in 1965 the writers of TV's Get Smart were keenly aware of the importance of privacy and foiling electronic surveillance, so they gave the characters an amazing device called The Cone of Silence which would ensure that sensitive conversations were not overheard.
Now the Cone of Silence is real and coming to British pizza chain Pizza Express who, according to Switched.com, are installing iPod docks and Cones of Silence (they just refer to them as soundproof domes, but we know better) in booths of their new iPizzeria stores. (How long until Apple slaps a spurious lawsuit on them for that name?)
The idea is that you can plug in your iPod and play whatever music you like without disturbing other diners. But I'm sure it'd work for talking about government secrets and other spy stuff, too.
If you're trying to imagine what dining at an iPizzeria will feel like, we only have to turn to Agent 86 and The Chief who illustrate Cone of Silence usage in this video: