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Predictions for the 21st century by Arthur C. Clarke

Predictions for the 21st century by Arthur C. Clarke

by Roman on November 26, 2010

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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MoneyEnergy May 25, 2008 at 9:23 pm

Very interesting. The prediction for 2016 is especially shocking because that seems most hauntingly relevant to our current situation.

Too bad he doesn’t say anything about how future economies will work. If certain industries like agriculture and manufacturing disappear, what does he think the economy be based upon? Investing as we know it might disappear completely.

Roman May 26, 2008 at 2:06 am

I agree MoneyEnergy – if the radical predictions in this list will become true then there will eventually be no point in money and investing…
That would leave out of work… So lets hope that these predictions won’t come true 😆

Partha November 27, 2010 at 2:11 am

The most important prediction that Arthur C. Clarke did not make ( as he was not aware) is the world is facing act of terrorism very much. The prediction of 2009 can occur any time. Now after atomic explosion I do not know how many people will survive as today’s Atom bomb will be much more devastation effect then that of Japan’s. Any way thanks again for such beautiful post.

Chamara sihan May 9, 2011 at 10:57 am

Hi everyone!

Im so glad to see such a interesting article. Want to say first that Im too lucky because Im from the country Sri Lanka where sir Arthur C Clarke lived 50 years from his 90 years of his life span., he was such a wonderful person. Before he die, he had 3 fundemental desires to witness. 1st was to witness an alien or something regarded to that. The second one was to see the world using an alternative sourse of energy instead of Fuel Oil. 3rd was to see the end of the war in Sri Lanka where he lived and considered as a paradise…. In 2009, peace stablished in sri lanka war finished. Unfortunately want to say that three of these desires of sir Arthur wasn’t accomplished in his living time though one was came true after his death….. He will always live with us with his prophets….

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