Watch Arthur C. Clarke Predict the Internet and Personal Computers... In 1974

Besides being one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time, Arthur C. Clarke had a knack for foreseeing the future—at least in terms of technology. And in this clip from 1974, he predicts both personal computers and the internet.


The minute and a half clip is from Australia's ABC network, and in it Clarke not only predicts that by 2001 every home will have a compact computer console, but that they'll all be connected letting users do everything from remote banking, to buying theater tickets. He even predicts how computers will eventually let us telecommute, and as Clarke always was, is optimistic that these new technologies will enrich humanity instead of isolating us.

We miss you Arthur.

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He did not predict the personal computer. Instead he predicted a console (terminal) in the home that would communicate with a computer (mainframe) located elsewhere. This is so not a personal computer.