Niall McCormack: Science Fiction to Science Fact: How the Past is Predicting the Future.

Niall McCormack

Topic: Science Fiction to Science Fact: How the Past is Predicting the Future.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is about to transform our world. Objects that were previously "dumb" machines are now becoming smart - everything from cars to microwaves. But the concept of IoT actually predates the invention of the internet itself. In 1932, kinesiologist Jay B. Nash wrote:

“Within our grasp is the leisure of the Greek citizen, made possible by our mechanical slaves, which far outnumber his twelve to fifteen per free man... As we step into a room, at the touch of a button a dozen light our way. Another slave sits twenty-four hours a day at our thermostat, regulating the heat of our home..."


This is not an isolated case. History has a funny habit of predicting our future. Often, with startling precision...

See Niall’s submission on "We Need to Talk about Robots” for #cong15

Niall’s blog buddy is Jimmy Healy.

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