The science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke made the statement which comprises the title of my post in 1961. That was 50 years ago. Think of the myriad of technologies that exist today that may have been considered magic 50 years ago.
Wireless phones with long life batteries that send not only voice but high resolution video. Oh yeah! They double as still and video cameras. All in the palm of your hand. That same device being able to store tens of thousands of songs for instant playback. Videos too. Computer game virtual worlds so immersive and realistic that people spend almost as much time there as they do in real life. Desktop computers that hold as much processing power in one box in 2011 as all of the computing devices on the planet in 1961. Electric Cars. Blu-Ray players. Ultra-thin flat screen TV’s
But, if you happen to be a science fiction reader, you have probably come to the realization that it is only a matter of time before what gets written down, becomes reality. What is really cool is when you happen to be around to see that transition take place.
For those of us born in the 50’s and 60’s, we have seen Dick Tracy’s wrist watch video-phone and the Star Trek Communicator become a reality with the smartphone. In the 1960 version of, “The Time Machine”, there is a scene where H. George Wells spins a small silver ring on a table and it displays a video recording. Basically the CD/DVD/Blu-Ray we have today.
As noted, its when you get to see the cool stuff of your dreams and fantasies come true that it becomes bit mind-boggling. With that, I encourage you to take a look at my buddy Brian Lewis’ blog. He showed me this video a few weeks ago and all I saw was………..magic.