Ben recently made me aware of this article about earplugs that protect the hearing of soldiers:
As a grade-school pupil in the 1960s, I learned that “Picturephones” had already been invented, and in fact they were demonstrated at the 1964 World’s Fair. But they never actually showed up in people’s homes.
When I wrote a few days ago about how Arthur C. Clarke predicted the World Wide Web, I was not aware that he had actually inspired its creation.
Arthur C. Clarke has died. To commemorate his passing, I’d like to highlight yet another of his predictions that has come true: the World Wide Web.
Arthur C. Clarke wrote: “With the historic abolition of long-distance charges on 31 December 2000, every telephone call became a local one.”
I read the Foundation Trilogy for the first time in the early 1970s, just as the first pocket calculators were appearing in stores. They looked exactly like what Asimov described.
Today is Robert A. Heinlein’s centennial; he was born exactly 100 years ago.