Had the great man continued to be with us, today would have been Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s 93rd birthday.
I found this video of him (thank you Universe Today) from 1964 as he tried his hand at prognosticating. Nothing about Space Elevators or anything like that, but he predicted the demise of cities because of the coming communications revolution. He was wrong about the demise of cities – they’re bigger and more numerous than ever before, but he was spot on about the communications revolution, even successfully predicting that surgeons in one location could actually ‘operate’ on a patient in another. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re darn close.
Happy Birthday Sir Arthur – and when we build it, we’ll name it after you!