Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Arthur C. Clarke interview with Roger Ebert


 In March of 1997, film critic Roger Ebert interviewed author and futurist Arthur C. Clarke. In the prose version of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, the computer HAL is said to have been 'born' in Urbana in 1997. This interview was conducted not only on HAL's birthyear, but also on the eve of 3001: THE FINAL ODYSSEY's publication.

Ebert questions Clarke on topics related to the film, the ideas contained in 3001, and some other related topics in science fiction and science. The interview was featured at CYBERFEST ‘97, a gala celebration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was an event that not only marked HAL's fictitious birth, but also celebrated the University of Illinois' contributions to the revolution and evolution of computing.
This program was produced by Illinois Public Media and WILL-TV, public broadcasting at the University of Illinois.

Go here to Vimeo to view the video.  I never had seen this before and thought it was pretty interesting.

Here's another video with Arthur C. Clarke on predicting the future.  It's from 1964.  Although the video is grainy due to  time I still found it interesting.