[LMB] discoveries

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Mon Oct 1 01:29:47 BST 2018



> On Sep 30, 2018, at 4:07 PM, pouncer at aol.com wrote:
> 
> After the Bomb, our 1950's "Atoms for Peace" propaganda 
> suggested that electric power from fission would be "too cheap to
> meter".  NOBODY (let alone Bell Telephone) predicted that long
> distance calls would be prie fixe "all you could eat" bundled into
> local connection service. (Flat rate fees for a video wireless 
> handheld phone at that.)  
> I love SF but the predictive value of the fiction is not, in
> my experience, notably superior to the sober assessments of
> engineers.

There were some huge portable phones, and occasional portable talking computers, but nothing like smart phones of today.

I have to say that far future SF has to be about today’s problems and people.   We can’t try to extrapolate real changes of accelerating technology.


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