Asimov’s Astonishing 1964 Predictions

Isaac Asimov

Cover of Isaac Asimov

A closer look at Asimov’s World’s Fair of 2014 reveals that his crystal ball was shockingly clear
“Communications will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone.” We call that video-conferencing today
‘It is 2014, and we should all be in therapy.

‘At least, that’s according to Isaac Asimov, one of the 20th Century’s best-known science fiction authors, who in 1964 published an essay predicting what our world would look like today.

‘The occasion?
Ford mustang Ford unveiled its Mustang at the 1964 World’s Fair

‘Not a mental breakdown – despite his insistence on the importance of psychiatry in the future – but rather the inaugural World’s Fair in Queens, New York, which opened 50 years ago today…’
Here’s a look at 2014, through the eyes of 1964.

Scientists Edit Mouse DNA
Scientists ‘edit’ DNA to correct adult genes and cure diseases
‘A genetic disease has been cured in living, adult animals for the first time using a revolutionary genome-editing technique that can make the smallest changes to the vast database of the DNA molecule with pinpoint accuracy.

‘Scientists have used the genome-editing technology to cure adult laboratory mice of an inherited liver disease by correcting a single “letter” of the genetic alphabet which had been mutated in a vital gene involved in liver metabolism…’

Why didn’t we think of this before!?
Futuristic Floating Nuclear Reactor Could Withstand Natural Disasters [Video]
MIT might have developed a way to prevent a future Fukushima.
‘To try and prevent another nuclear disaster like the one that occurred in Japan, MIT researchers have come with an idea for a floating nuclear power plant that would be able to use sea water as a way to prevent catastrophic meltdowns. Similar in design to offshore oil rigs, they could be built in a shipyard, and then towed to their destinations five to seven miles offshore.

‘The floating reactors, which would be moored to the seafloor and connected to land by an underwater electric transmission line, operate in almost the exact same way as onshore power plants. Their capacity would be anywhere between 50 to 1,000-megawatts, which is the same size as the largest onshore facility in existence today…’

PayPal doesn’t want you to share your mobile devices
Why we should agree
‘The company advises its users to not leave their computers unattended after logging in with PayPal information and to take extra precautions when sharing devices with another person to ensure the security of account information.

‘The announcement comes amid the discovery of the Heartbleed bug, the effects of which might be around for years. Recently, a study showed that 18 percent of American adults have had their personal information stolen online and 50 percent had concerns about the amount of private information available on the Internet.

‘The changes to the user agreement will take effect June 17. Those who do not wish to agree to PayPal’s changes can opt out and delete their account without penalty…’


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