Asimov 1964 On The World In 2014

I thought this was interesting.

In 1964, the year that the World’s Fair opened in New York, the science fiction writer Isaac Asimov looked 50 years into the future to guess what the world would look like in 2014. Here is the article.

http://www.nytimes.com/books/97/03/23/lifetimes/asi-v-fair.html

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2 comments on “Asimov 1964 On The World In 2014

  1. “Even so, mankind will suffer badly from the disease of boredom, a disease spreading more widely each year and growing in intensity. This will have serious mental, emotional and sociological consequences, and I dare say that psychiatry will be far and away the most important medical specialty in 2014. The lucky few who can be involved in creative work of any sort will be the true elite of mankind, for they alone will do more than serve a machine.

    Indeed, the most somber speculation I can make about A.D. 2014 is that in a society of enforced leisure, the most glorious single word in the vocabulary will have become work!”

    He called it.

    • mustardnine says:

      Coffeetree: ‘He called it.’

      I think so, too. I have long had a personal bias against Asimov (for what I perceived as a tendency to over-mechanize and de-personalize reality, particularly in The Foundation Trilogy), but this quote caused me to re-assess him a little bit, and post it.

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