Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the Internet and Personal Computers in 1974 (Video)

In 1974, science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke told a little boy what his life will look like in 2001. As recorded by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, he claimed that every household will have a computer, and by means of it, we will be connected all over the world:

8 Comments on "Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the Internet and Personal Computers in 1974 (Video)"

  1. Metaguru | Apr 2, 2012 at 4:59 am |

    Oh, this is too cool.

  2. Redacted | Apr 2, 2012 at 5:30 am |

    What about Flash Gordon?

    No, to be serious my Grandfather was one of the many people who brought about the age of Computing. You might call him a nameless tech, but I call him a Hero.

    The Ghost is real.

  3. What about Tesla, he predicted it at the start of the 20th century! 

  4. sonicbphuct | Apr 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm |

    but seriously – wow. being born in 1974, seeing this … unnerving. One wonders if – indirectly – we are stuck – but that’s not the right word – in his imagination: living anywhere, getting all your information from, buying theater tickets …. its too bad he didn’t provide a clear prediction for the details like paying for things with a credit-card.

  5. Anomaly_of_Anomie | Apr 2, 2012 at 3:54 pm |

    0:53 : an excellent question…

    While Clarke has made a remarkable prediction, it is important to remember that he is also disposed toward a favorable outcome. There are two sides of this coin.  

  6. Anyone ever hear of Marshall McLuhan? Umm..pre-dated ACC in his “predicting'” of the internet and the “global village” but a couple of decades.

    • Jin The Ninja | Apr 3, 2012 at 8:36 am |

       yes, MM was almost clairvoyant in his predictions, and although stylistically he isn’t quite accessible, his open ended rhetoric keeps his work contemporary. although his work is still assigned frequently- it’s almost as if there is a move to erase him from cultural memory.

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