How Asimov Imagined 2014 in 1964

In 1964 the Science Fiction author Isaac Asimov made some predictions about 2014.  Asimov is responsible for the popular I, Robot, and the Foundation series;  he is, also, known for his Three Laws of Robotics.

  • A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  • A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  • A robot may not injure its own kind and defend its own kind unless it is interfering with the first or second rule.

His predictions range from the invention of 3-D movies and television to being able to dial Antarctica.  While he also thought everyone in 2014 will be seeing psychologists, the rest of his predictions are pretty much on target.  The BBC collected and presented most of them.  It is another example of how Science Fiction can and has molded our future.  How much do you think society and technology will be changed 50 years from now?

Some of Rebecca Crown Library’s books about Asimov

Picture credit from: PLCjr on Flickr.com

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