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Arthur C. Clarke, meet the Apple iPad 3

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I stumbled upon an interesting video of Arthur C. Clarke on YouTube.

It’s an interview from 1974 where he was asked to say more about the world he portrayed in his 1968 novel 2001: A Space Odyssey.  In that interview Clarke talks about computers and society in the future.

Keep in mind that this interview from 1974 is nearly 40 years ago from today in 2012.

At nearly the same time as this interview, Ken Olsen, founder of DEC (Digital Equipment Corporation) made this prediction

There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.
Ken Olsen in 1977

So now we have this.  More than what Clarke could imagine but in the same direction; Something that Ken Olsen could never envision



It’s interesting how some people can see the future and some can’t. What gives individuals this capability? Is it intellectual? Is it a result of experience? Is it a result of a particular education? Can it be taught? 

What is the difference between Ken Olsen and Arthur C. Clarke that leads each of them to such a profound difference in what they see as the future?

Here are some related postings on those who “missed the boat” and those who could see what no one else could see.

More from Clarke on Global Communications –

And the Future…  Augmented Reality in an always-connected world

Read about Google Project Glass –
And watch the Video

Written by frrl

April 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm

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