predict internetIn early 1990s I had read a book titled The Naked Sun by science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. In the book he had envisioned & explained ‘chatting’. Mind you, the book was published in 1957, but he had had the foresight to predict that people will sit in different parts of the world and using a keyboard communicate with each other.

I had only vaguely understood it back then, and today I am enabling it (as Chief Product Officer of Nimbuzz, a product with 150+ million users all over the world).

Isaac Asimov had predicted a lifestyle phenomenon 50 years ahead of time…it is plain awesome.

The magnanimity of this whole episode (me reading about ‘chatting’ as a 17 year old in 1992 & now enabling it) didn’t occur to me till I saw this video of Sir Arthur C Clarke (see below) today.

Like Isaac Asimov, Sir Arthur C Clarke had also predicted the Internet the way we use it today…way back in 1968 – a cool 40 years ahead of time. Just in case you didn’t know him…British Sir Arthur C Clarke has been a multifaceted personality – having been a science fiction writer, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. BTW, he also wrote the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Watch him predict the Internet below: