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Look how far we’ve come: Arthur C. Clarke predicts the Internet in 1974 [VIDEO]

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Firstly, ask yourself this: Were you born in 1974?

I’m well aware it would be impolite for you to ask me the same question!

Forty years ago, in an interview with our very own ABC, sci-fi writer Arthur C. Clarke predicted the world of technology in 2001. Well, Clarke was more than just a fiction writer. He was also a science writer, futurist and avid scuba diver.

But, you may remember Clarke from such works as The Fountains of Paradise, Rendezvous with Rama and, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

And, his predictions of the future are pretty spot on. He predicts both online banking and online shopping. Plus, he understood that we would take this technology for granted, much like people took landline telephones for granted in 1974.

So, with that in mind, think about where we are now and what technology we take for granted.

The iPhone is only eight years old. Yet we are seeing mobile internet usage approaching parity with desktop usage. How quickly we adapt to technology we didn’t know we wanted!

What is heading our way? What will we embrace in 2015 that we don’t yet realise is about to become the ‘next big thing’? These are interesting things to ponder.

Have a good Summer, Anthillians.

Arthur C. Clarke predicts the Internet & PC

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