5 thoughts on “A History of Books that Forecast the Future

  1. daMäx says:

    Pff. Eine Liste unter dem Thema, die "Diamond Age" (Cyberdust, iPad und 1000 andere Kleinigkeiten) nicht drin hat und bei "2001" das fast exakt vorhergesagte iPad vergisst, ist ja wohl nicht ernst zu nehmen.

    Zitat aus "2001":

    There was plenty to occupy his time, even if he did nothing but sit and read. When he tired of official reports and memoranda and minutes, he would plug his foolscap-sized Newspad into the ship's information circuit and scan the latest reports from Earth. One by one he would conjure up the world's major electronic papers; he knew the codes of the more important ones by heart, and had no need to consult the list on the back of his pad. Switching to the display unit's short-term memory, he would hold the front page while he quickly searched the headlines and noted the items that interested him.
    Each had its own two-digit reference; when he punched that, the postage-stamp-sized rectangle would expand until it neatly filled the screen and he could read it with comfort. When he had finished, he would flash back to the complete page and select a new subject for detailed examination
    Floyd sometimes wondered if the Newspad, and the fantastic technology behind it, was the last word in man's quest for perfect communications. Here he was, far out in space, speeding away from Earth at thousands of miles an hour, yet in a few milliseconds he could see the headlines of any newspaper he pleased. (That very word "newspaper," of course, was an anachronistic hangover into the age of electronics.) The text was updated automatically on every hour; even if one read only the English versions, one could spend an entire lifetime doing nothing but absorbing the ever- changing flow of information from the news satellites.
    It was hard to imagine how the system could be improved or made more convenient. But sooner or later, Floyd guessed, it would pass away, to be replaced by something as unimaginable as the Newspad itself would have been to Caxton or Gutenberg.

    Das war 1968! Das nenne ich mal prophetische Erzählung.

  2. Franz Xaver says:

    In-Ear Headphones gab es doch schon ewig lange vor den Apple Earbuds…

  3. da]v[ax says:

    Ja, ich halte diese Liste auch für sehr schwach recherchiert… typischer Hipsterkrams ohne Background.

  4. rollinger says:

    Schöne Liste, obwohl ich einiges vermisse oder übersehen habe.
    Meine Rede, wir brauchen eine neue aber alte Science Fiction. Raumschlachten haben wir jetzt genug gesehen. 

    Schweine die radioaktive Pilze fressen. Metro 2033 :-) 

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