‘Treat technology as a citizen and not just as a consumer’ says Jamie Susskind.

I have always been excited by Arthur C Clarke’s vision of the future. In his prescient 1962 book Profiles of the Future Clarke predicted that by 2040 (...)

Douglas Engelbart: Imagine being able to look at some bits of wood and wire, metal and silicon, at existing copper wire phone networks, at early video, and being able to conceptualise the foundations for the future of mass business and personal computing, and the connectivity of the internet

Fifty years ago this week, a man named Douglas Englebart from the Stanford Research Institute presented a legendary talk and live demonstration in Sa(...)

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”: Adams took 1970s and 1980s preoccupations and turned them into a layered, profound, imaginative and hilarious story that transcended the era.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is 40 years old. How do we know its popularity could yet outlast the dessert course at the Restaurant at the End (...)

2001: A Space Odyssey: ‘It took 40 years for visual effects to catch up with what they did’

Wally Pfister director, Transcendence; cinematographer, Inception 2001: A Space Odyssey affected my life in three different phases: my dad took me to(...)

  Apple chief executive Steve Jobs unveils the iPhone in 2016,  during the  Macworld Conference keyword in San Francisco, California,  to an unsuspecting world.  Photograph: Tony Avelar/AFP/Getty

Science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke once famously said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”  That quote g(...)

“It’s disturbingly plausible that a computer might decide humans were surplus to requirements.”

There are no bicycles in Philip K Dick’s 1969 sci-fi classic, Ubik. On the contrary, the book is set in a then-distant future (actually 1992), when sp(...)

Apart from their luminary status, what do Leonardo di Caprio, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin and Arthur C Clarke have in common? All four have taken a k(...)

Baloney: Jem and the Holograms. Photograph:  Universal

As a film critic, I am expected to pretend familiarity with all source material from Car 54, Where Are You? to Nikolai Gogol’s Dead Souls. Is there a(...)

Astrology: a tool for interpreting the world? Illustration: Thinkstock

A time traveller from Jesus’s day would be shocked at what has happened to the discipline of astrology. Once ranked as a serious science, it is now a(...)

Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) in ‘Back to the Future Part II’: futuristic depiction of this coming Wednesday

Even if you’re not an avid movie fan, knowledge of the Back to the Future trilogy runs on similar lines to knowing the rough outlines of the Indian(...)

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