Since I am a small fan of science and also fiction I decided to post some of Arthur C. Clarke’s predictions that he made for the 21st century. in 1999.
Who is Arthur C. Clarke?
Arthur C. Clarke is a fiction writer who among other things is the person who was first to come out with the crazy idea that you can use satellites in order to send and receive radio signals – something that made possible continent-to-continent phone calls and later also internet.
2009 - A city in a Third World Country is devastated by an accidental explosion of an atomic bomb. All Atomic bombs will be destroyd after a debate in the UN.
2010 – The first quantum generators are developed. Since they get their energy from space they can produce electricity indefinitely. Central power stations close down!
2013 - Prince Harry is the first member of the English royal family to fly into space!
2016 - All existing money currencies are abolished. The megawatt-hour becomes the new unit of exchange.
2020 - Artificial intelligence (AI) reaches the level of humans. From now on there are two intelligent species on Earth and one of them is evolving far faster than biology would ever permit.
2021 – Humans land on Mars – and have some unpleasant surprises.
2023 - Dinosaurs are cloned from computer-generated DNA. Disney’s “Triassic Zoo” opens in Florida. Despite some unfortunate initial accidents, mini-raptors start replacing guard dogs.
2024 – Infra-red signals are detected coming from the centre of the galaxy. They are the product of a technologically advanced civilisation but attempts to decipher them fail.
2040 – The “Universal Replicator”, based on nano-technology, is perfected: any object, however complex, can be created – given the raw material and the appropriate “recipe”. Diamonds or gourmet meals can be made from dirt. As a result, agriculture and industry are phased out, ending that recent invention in human history called work! There is an explosion in arts, entertainment and education. Huge areas of the planet, no longer needed for food production, are allowed to revert to their original state.
2050 – “Escape from Utopia”. Bored by life in this peaceful and unexciting era, millions decide to freeze themselves in order to be unfrozen in the future. These people are in search of adventure. Vast “hibernation zone’s” are established in the Antarctic and on the moon.
2095 - “The development of a true “space drive” – a propulsion system reacting against the structure of space-time – makes rockets obsolete and permits velocities close to that of light. The first human explorers set off to nearby star systems that robot probes have already found promising.
You can find these and some more predictions here. To tell you the truth, most of Arthur C. Clarke’s predictions for years 2000 to 2008 have not come true, so I only posted the ones that can still become true
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