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Isaac Asimov’s Trip to 2014: What He Thought The World Would Look Like

GE – Science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov [2, 3] died more than two decades ago.

Fifty years ago, Asimov walked into the GE exhibition at the 1964 New York World’s Fair in Queens and declared that “the direction in which man is traveling is viewed with buoyant hope, nowhere more so than at the General Electric pavilion.” What he saw inspired him to imagine the world in 2014 in an essay for the New York Times.

His predictions of underground suburban homes with glowing walls, kitchens that can prepare “automeals” to order and appliances powered by nuclear batteries are still over the horizon.

But Asimov was also smitten with GE’s take on the classroom of the future and he put emphasis on science education. “It is not only the techniques of teaching that will advance, however, but also the subject matter will change,” Asimov writes.

“All the high-school students will be taught the fundamentals of computer technology, will become proficient in binary arithmetic and will be trained to perfection in the use of the computer languages that will have developed out of those like the contemporary Fortran.” more> http://tinyurl.com/oc87xhu


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