Isaac Asimov's Vision of 50 Years Hence

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story imageVideo communication, decent but imperfect robots, psychotherapy, self-driving car technology, and processed food: these are some of the things Isaac Asimov predicted would make up modern life in 2014. The year was 1964, and his vision for 50 years into the future turned out to be surprisingly accurate. A few other predictions fell flat, like underwater colonies or human inhabitation of planets other than earth, but you can forgive the author his exuberance at the dawn of the space age. The BBC is running an interesting article looking at Asimov's vision and how it played out in real life .

These days, most teens favor dystopian visions of the future , modern life is resembling dystopia in more than one way , and the world of peace and unity seems farther off than ever.

Who today has the prescience that Asimov did in 1964? Who among the 21st century's authors, film-makers, and thinkers is most thoughtfully envisioning the world that awaits us in 2064? And what lessons do they provide for us to learn?

Re: Gibson, perhaps? (Score: 1)

by on 2014-04-22 20:36 (#15B)

I confess the Asimov's are the Spousal Unit's. He's also an avid collector and reader of scifi anthologies (and has, in the past, taught a Science Fiction Literature course). He's a fan of the Asimov mags. Whether that means they're good, I can't say, but I do think he has better and more diverse taste in literature than I, so I'm inclined to think there's something in those Asimov mags worth reading.
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