1980S SCIENCE-FICTION THAT BECAME SCIENCE FACT
By freelance writer Jane Duncan
October 14 2020
A real life KITT
Back in 1984, one man had a vision of a computer network that would link up the entire world, allowing mankind to share information without ever leaving the house. That man was William Gibson, and the book was called Neuromancer. The book talks about “cyberspace” and even details virtual reality and hacking - all more than 10 years before the internet became a reality. There has even been some debate as to whether Neuromancer actually spurred on the development of the world wide web. The book was far closer to reality than anyone could have imagined at the time.
The 1980s was a revolutionary time for imaginative books, movies and television. We were dreaming of mobile phones, 3D printers, autonomous vehicles and cyberspace. These ideas may have appeared fantastical forty years ago, but now they are an every-day fact of life.
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