Arthur C. Clarke Predicts The Internet

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!)

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  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. very good post! need to say you did a great job and i really appreciate it!

  4. If only Mr. Clarke could’ve warned that kid about Goatse…

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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 ;)

  8. this really is a good share.

  9. I was very excited about this until I saw that it was for Photoshop only. I live in InDesign. Bummer. seo sef

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