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.








2 Comments:

At 4:37 PM, Blogger Richard Bellush said...

Samuel Butler is generally credited as the first fiction author (in his 1872 novel “Erewhon”) to write of a conscious and intelligent machine, but Clarke’s HAL has to be the best known of the bunch.

The future, however, is never what it used to be. Old scifi is always as entertaining for what it has wrong as for what it has right – and the former will overwhelm the latter every time. Clarke often mentioned he should have patented geostationary communications satellites, though, which he wrote about in the ‘40s.

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger El Vox said...

I didn't know that about Samuel Butler--that's pretty far back. I think you're right about HAL's notoriety as well. I've been meaning to rewatch the film Ex Machina, but just haven't got around to it yet.

Yes, the flying cars, food replication devices, encounters with all sort of monstrous aliens are far fetched, but makes for fun reading or the watching of films. Watching those two 1964 bottom predictions of a futuristic city is a good example. All white and gleaming in its utopian splendor. The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades.

 

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