By Kathy Cooper
In college, I loved science fiction and one of my favorite authors was Arthur C. Clark – Childhood's End, 2001 a Space Odyssey, and many more. He is and was a visionary. In 1964, Sir Arthur C. Clarke predicted how we would communicate and work with one another in the year 2000:
“We could be in instant contact with each other, wherever we may be, where we can contact our friends anywhere on earth, even if we don’t know their actual physical location. It will be possible in that age, perhaps only 50 years from now, for a man to conduct his business from Tahiti or Bali just as well as he could from London…. Almost any executive skill, any administrative skill, even any physical skill, could be made independent of distance. I am perfectly serious when I suggest that one day we may have brain surgeons in Edinburgh operating on patients in New Zealand”
We still had dial phones in 1964 (every young girl wanted a princess phone then)– and there were no cordless or cellular phones. The first cellular phone was introduced in 1973 but not commercially available until 1983. Today, as Clarke suggested, we are always in touch no matter where we are, no cords required.
Interestingly, doctors began virtual surgery in 2001 and it is pretty popular today, particularly considering the advances in robotic surgery. Clarke got that right.
Thomas Friedman wrote a ground-breaking book in 2005 that talked about the ability of businesses to operate globally in a “flat” world, very much as Clarke predicted.
Are you as visionary as Sir Clarke? Do you know how your future will look and are you prepared for it? It's worth thinking about as we begin a new year.
Credit for picture: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motorola_DynaTAC