In 1974 Arthur C. Clarke told the ABC that every household in 2001 will have a computer and be connected all over the world. (Hello there, Internet!)
He also wrote an essay describing in detail how satellites (which weren’t plausible yet) would someday provide communication all over the earth for a sci-fi magazine. When he was like 17. The man was a genius!
If you read the tale ‘The machine stops’ by E.M. Forster (1909). This is a true internet-connected world _avant la lettre_. (you can download it from Manybooks, for example – http://manybooks.net/titles/forstereother07machine_stops.html)
Curiously, the job of the cubicle-dwelling people of the Earth is to come up with new ideas!
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If only Mr. Clarke could’ve warned that kid about Goatse…
He predicted the Internet in 1974 (38 years ago), I wonder what the future will bring in 38 years (2050). Any Arthur Clarke out there who can make us dream?
Not to denigrate Clarke’s genius, but, as I note in another thread about this, Vannevar Bush (no relation to either PotUS), actually decribed the internet and personal computing in an article written for Atlantic Monthly in 1945:
As We May Think
He got the underlying tech all wrong, but that’s pretty much a personal computer with internet access he’s describing.
thanks for this swissmiss, Clarke is one of my faves and i hadnt seen this.
now to figure out how to move out of the city as he suggested ;)
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