Science fiction writer predicted the future in 1982: Computers at the center of everything, robots instead of people (video)

40 years ago, Isaac Asimov predicted how humans would conquer space and develop robotics and computer systems. Almost everything happened.

A video containing the recording of an interview given by American science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in 1982 has appeared on YouTube. Answering the presenter’s questions, Azimov predicted the future, writes Open Culture.

On New Year’s Eve 1982, the TV program “MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour” featured author Tim Onosko, Omni magazine editor Dick Teresi, and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov. Asimov’s answers were the most interesting, because he had a subtle intuition and was considered almost a guesser by fans of creativity.

When asked by host Robert McNeil if Alimov believed humanity would continue to conquer space, Azimov said that in his opinion, humans were “still in Christopher Columbus’ stage when it comes to space.” But this did not stop him from predicting the emergence of not only space stations, solar power plants, laboratories and factories for the production of various things in space, but even space settlements with thousands of permanent residents. The author also suggested that over time, the goal of humans will be to “build a larger and more advanced civilization that will not depend on the resources of one world.”

When co-host Jim Lehrer asked whether humanity had reached the peak of computer development, Asimov said that the computer “will be at the center of everything,” comparing the phenomenon to television. He assumed that computers, like televisions, would be in every home and that they could do many things to make a person’s life easier or entertain him.


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The next question was about robots. Isaac Asimov predicted that robots would replace humans and clarified the issue:

“It’s not that they’re going to kill people, it’s that they’re going to ‘kill’ their jobs. We need to make sure that the transition from pre-robot technologies to post-robot technologies is as painless as possible. People are not treated like used rags so they can live with self-respect.”

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Source: Focus


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