I hope you learn and loved final Sunday’s column a couple of 1986 guide, “Arthur C. Clarke’s July 20, 2019,” during which the writer, Sir Arthur C. Clarke, reveals his ideas in regards to the future, lengthy and quick vary, on matters comparable to medication and longevity, warfare, robotics, sports activities, leisure and different matters.
Final Sunday I wrote about Sir Arthur’s concepts on future schooling. Right this moment’s column focuses on his concepts concerning transportation on the Earth’s floor, land and water, however not delving into skinny air and house journey.
Sadly, the writer envisions no levitating skateboards as seen in 1985’s film, “Again to the Future,” nor private jetpacks just like the one Bond, James Bond, wore within the 1965 film, “Thunderball.” No teleportation units, both, a la TV’s “Star Trek.” Like Dr. Leonard McCoy, the ship’s surgeon within the authentic “Star Trek” sequence, the concept of being molecularly disassembled after which reassembled elsewhere, doesn’t sound inviting in any respect to me, and I keep in mind what occurred within the authentic 1958 film, “The Fly.”
As an alternative of levitating skateboards, jet packs and teleportation machines, Sir Clarke expects we could have higher vehicles, magnetic levitating trains and hovercraft floating on the water by 2019 — two years in the past.
Take into account that Clarke’s guide was printed in 1986, 35 years in the past. A number of the ideas he mentions have certainly come to move, whereas different improvements, such because the supply of small packages by aerial drones, escaped prediction.
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