If you’re a technology fan, then you probably know who HAL 9000 is. It’s the famous super intelligent computer from Arthur C. Clarke’s novel 2001: A Space Odyssey. The novel has been developed with the help of Stanley Kubrick and made into an awesome movie. You should really check it out if you’re into tech and Sci-Fi.
It’s amazing how accurate the famous writer was in his predictions. There are almost 2.5 billion Internet users all over the world and for many of them, it’s hard to imagine the world without it. Many of us take everything for granted, not asking too many question about how and when were things created and just how they have evolved to such a state. That’s why I love so much the “How it’s made” series on Discover. It tells the world just how much work it takes to make the world seem so beautifully simple.
Arthur C Clarke predicted today’s technology almost 50 years ago
Here are two videos, the first one is with Arthur C Clarke in 1964 in the BBC Horizon programme. The second one is also from a BBC show called Perspective. Clarke is predicting the power of Internet-enabled technologies and above all, he seems to put an emphasis on telecommuting and online banking.