Predicting the future in 1964.

Arthur C. Clarke predicting the future in 1964...and he got it quite right.

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+106 1. Vintage4life commented 13 years ago

In the future, Porn will be available to everyone, even if you don't know the exact eographical location of the pornstar.
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-3 2. BluesLee commented 13 years ago

Everything is amazing.
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+7 3. owner commented 13 years ago

just imagine what new things that all experts are trying to create right now... :S
communication tools with aliens?? underwater bunker?? Human Clone ??

why we human always think that buildings in our future will be like in starwars movie??
we might end up living in the caves... who knows???
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+26 4. LeonPSP commented 13 years ago

And that's why they burned him alive.
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+6 5. dushan commented 13 years ago

actually, he and many other science fiction writers did not predict the future, future is based on their ideas :)
last example, anyone remembers the minority report and new user interface?
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+20 6. Dazzz69 commented 13 years ago

The great Arthur C Clark, a true visionary.
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+10 7. Dae commented 13 years ago


Well, it's one of the role of science fiction.
First, to avoid some political mistakes (1984 ?) but also to invent or to guide the human progress.
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+7 8. Baboon commented 13 years ago

very accurate.
here's what I think

They had messengers, we have internet and phone, there will be anywhere physical apprearance.

They had donkeys, we have planes, there will be warp gates and instant teleportation.

They had stories and myths, we have video games, there will be somthing like the matrix, some virtual world that seems real.

They had chamans and witch doctors, we have surgents and docs, there will be pills with nanomachines or biomachines that cures everything (no more human doctors),and bio and mecha organs.

They had earth, we have earth, they will have many planets.

They had caves and tents, we have building, there will be magnetic field beam coming from your watch designed to make a real indoor, whereever you want. more resistant than solid material.

and so on
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+5 9. Acim commented 13 years ago

A brilliant man!
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+11 10. max2000 commented 13 years ago

#8 the sections which may raise some eyebrows are to be Politics and states, and Public law and law enforcement, all to become really construed to Environmental safety, or smth. - btw, i liked those ideas.
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+6 11. Dazzz69 commented 13 years ago

The man that predicted t-mobile, Orange and O2
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+4 12. AL-AIN commented 13 years ago

:) hes right
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-15 13. OnetimeX commented 13 years ago

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz :O
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+5 14. dushan commented 13 years ago

#7 if so, it's the best guide for politics, and by the way 1984 is all around us, same logic, different approach :D

i agree with #10 future of politics, public law, states and social life is what i would like to hear about
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0 15. lockandload commented 13 years ago

old school nostradamus to me..
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+7 16. c0mmanderKeen commented 13 years ago

#8 nanotech isnt efficient, at least not in medicine. you must build all these tiny machines...not very economical. only for special purposes.

genetics is key here. simply bio engineer microorganisms as you please.
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-2 17. ledledled commented 13 years ago

the guy just predicted the ICQ! wow! =D
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+7 18. sbrucecaboose commented 13 years ago


nicely done sir!
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+2 19. c2quad commented 13 years ago

Who will be Arthur C. Clarke of this Generation to predict the Future ,I wanna hear ....
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+1 20. ComentAtor commented 13 years ago

#8 i'm not so sure about the magnetic field watch ..and planets but still thumbs up :)
and #6 two tmubs up
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+1 21. thorargent commented 13 years ago

#16, we only have to make the first nanomachines, they grow the rest to our specifications. It is trivial at that point to literaly grow trillions of them in vats like vintners produce wine today. We are already producing custom cells and organisms, in a few years we will have perfected the means of growing any material to our whims.
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+1 22. medicino commented 13 years ago

#19 try to listen to anything from Michio Kaku, he's the man.
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0 23. Namron7 commented 13 years ago

Hey, I invented GPS Satnav technology in 1982,ask my bro!! Shame I didn't have the means or the Satellite and the TomTom technology to make my vision a reality.Does this make me a visionary?? >:)
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+1 24. exxxed commented 13 years ago

Oh man I could've watched this forever, that's how fascinating it is!

Too bad less and less visionaries like mr. Clarke here exist today, the only one from the top of my head in present times is Stephen Hawking.

Great clip, thanks!
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+1 25. clark58 commented 13 years ago

But what about the flying cars? We are should be flying them by now! Come on future, hurry up!
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+1 26. memoi2001 commented 13 years ago

Minority report didn't so much inspire modern interfaces as was inspired by research.
John Underkoffler (science advisor for minority report) show this off :

As for accuracy in Clark's predictions.. instead of just ICQ try GPS, cell phones, and even the basics for modern day smartphones/iphones..
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+1 27. CrazyEddie commented 12 years ago

Arthur C Clarke, visionary and author.
Genius brought undone by greed.
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0 28. buckleg08 commented 6 years ago