Watch Arthur C. Clarke talk about the future of computers in 1974


If you’re a science fiction fan then you know who Arthur C. Clarke is. If somehow you’ve been living in a bubble Arthur C. Clarke is best known for his  1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. He was also a futurist and inventor who had a keen sense of technological direction. In the video clip below, Clarke touches on the future of computers. Particularly on the fact that computers would one day be small enough to fit on the user’s desk.

Clarke explains to the interviewer that his son will have a console computer that he could talk to and get his everyday life activities from. Clarke includes the ability to get bank statements and theater reservations all through a television screen in a compact form. Curiously, the interviewer touches on a subject that has become a concern for some in our tech-driven world, social interaction.

“I mean, I wonder what sort of a life would it be in social terms. I mean, if our whole life is built around the computer. Do we become a computer dependent society and computer, dependent individuals?”

Watch the short interview below and check out the answer Arthur C. Clarke gives to the interviewer.

It’s always fun to find these tidbits of history, even if we’ve seen them before. It reminds us where we were and how far we’ve come. It’s also a great way to remember those individuals like Clarke, who were forward thinking futurists and gives us a deeper appreciation for their work. It’s still amazing to know how far the computer has come since 1974. From a massive machine in a large room to today’s smartphone in your pocket.

What do you think of the predictions made by Arthur C. Clarke? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.


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