Sci Fi Author Predicts Google Buzz

March 30, 2010

I’m an avid Sci Fi reader and am always amazed at how many Sci Fi author “predictions” come true. Neal Stephenson’s “Snow Crash” published in 1992 was so predictive of the Internet (that was still around the corner at that point) it is scary.

Recently I finshed Philip K. Dick’s –  “Radio Free Albemuth”  first published way back in 1976. Here are some passages from the book, where the protagonist was describing a vast “intelligence system” from the future:

“And we are in it… Like a hive of bees, millions of bees, all communicating over vast distances…

…Continual signaling and response from the – well, bees or whatever they were…

…this signaling went on all the time, in shifting patterns…Like transmitting and receiving on a grid…

…And all the bees, as they signal across great distances to one another, are in the process of thinking. So the total organism thinks by means of this. It is alive.”

Is it just me or does this remind you of today’s world wide wonderland, with its twittering, chattering and constant stream of activity? And, of course, Google Buzzing?

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: