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Arthur C. Clarke Predicts the Internet & PC

Apr 10, 2012 • 5 comments • 1099 views

In 1974 Arthur C. Clarke told the ABC that every household in 2001 will have a computer and be connected all over the world.


Marshall McLuhan predicted the Internet as an "extension of consciousness" in The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man. (1962)

"The next medium, whatever it is - it may be the extension of consciousness - will include television as its content, not as its environment, and will transform television into an art form. A computer as a research and communication instrument could enhance retrieval, obsolesce mass library organization, retrieve the individual's encyclopedic function and flip into a private line to speedily tailored data of a saleable kind."


One of the earliest thinkers along this line was Nicola Tesla, who in an interview with Colliers magazine in 1926 stated:

"When wireless is perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket."


04.18.12 •
Nice. I suppose we can go back even earlier if we try. I'm too lazy to think around for a good start.
04.18.12 •
For sure. One Merlin prophecy stated that a man on the shore of England will speak instantly to a man on the shore of France using a "speaking stone." That Merlin prediction sounds a lot like our common cell phones of today, doesn't it?


04.27.12 •
Wow, missed the fact it was a Tesla quote. That's impressive, I always had a hunch he was genial.
04.18.12 •
Nikola Tesla is one of those rare people who have marked their age and caused great changes in it, not only in the domain of the immediately applicable inventions, but also in the domain of new ideas and technology of the future:

04.27.12 •
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