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Isaac Asimov’s Predictions About 2014

asimovFlying cars, robots, underwater living and moving sidewalks are some of the things that author Isaac Asimov predicted would exist in the year 2014 back in 1964. Mental Floss.com has created a list of twelve of these imagined futures.

He also expected that life expectancy would surpass 85 in some parts of the world. Asimov also imagined that the corridor between Washington DC and Boston would become one giant city. In addition, he predicted that automation would take over most human jobs.

Sadly, he imagined that life in 2014 would be incredibly boring. Mental Floss.com quoted Asimov as saying: “Mankind will suffer badly from the disease of boredom, a disease spreading more widely each year and growing in intensity. This will have serious mental, emotional and sociological consequences, and I dare say that psychiatry will be far and away the most important medical specialty in 2014. The lucky few who can be involved in creative work of any sort will be the true elite of mankind, for they alone will do more than serve a machine.”

 

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Museum of Science Fiction to Open in Washington D.C.

A team of science fiction fanatics plan to establish a comprehensive science-fiction museum in Washington D.C. The organizers behind the Museum of Science Fiction includes executive director Greg Viggiano, chief curator Phil Smith, director of project management David Hart, and VP of museum operations Mandy Sweeney.

The team has already launched an official website for the museum. Wired reports that the finished museum, slated for opening in 2017, will display “a dizzying array of characters, props and other awesomeness from Star Trek, Dune and the novels of Isaac Asimov to name just a few. There’s also plans for a life-size replica of H.G. Wells’ time machine and a 1:10 scale model of the Nautilus from Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.”

We’ve embedded a video about the project above. The organizers have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $160,000 that will be used to secure a location for a preview museum. Items that will be shown include an 11-foot Starship Enterprise-E filming prop and a Doctor Who TARDIS police box. The opening of the preview museum is scheduled to take place in 2015. (via The Washington Post)

Historical Marker Petition for Isaac Asimov’s Philadelphia Home

Philadelphia Weekly has mounted a petition to put up a historical marker plaque for Isaac Asimov‘s former home in Philadelphia.

They have already collected more than 750 signatures, petitioning the Pennsylvania Historical Marker Commission to celebrate the great science fiction writer’s time in The City of Brotherly Love. Follow this link to sign the petition:

Though he’s often thought of as a New Yorker, he spent three very important landmark years in Philadelphia. From 1942 to 1945, while living and working here during WWII as a chemist at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Isaac Asimov wrote half a dozen of the key stories that comprise his two most influential cultural masterpieces: the Foundation series, which introduced the idea of “psychohistory,” the mathematical modeling of the future; and the Robot series, which introduced the famous Three Laws of Robotics governing how artificial intelligences should behave.

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Science Fiction Books That Inspired Elon Musk

At the relaunch event for KCRW’s Design & Architecture (DnA) show this week, Tesla Motors and PayPal co-founder Elon Musk answered questions about his work.

During his interview with DnA host Frances Anderton, the SpaceX founder said that science fiction had inspired his wide-ranging career. Naturally, this GalleyCat editor asked what books inspired the entrepreneur. Musk gave a long answer:

In terms of sci-fi books, I think Isaac Asimov is really great. I like the Foundation series, probably one of the all-time best. Robert Heinlein, obviously. I like The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress and I like Stranger in a Strange Land, although it kind of goes off the rails at the end.

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