Podcast: How sci-fi writers from the past imagined the internet?
We were promised flying cars but we got Twitter instead. That’s the common complaint against science fiction writers and the visions of the future they presented us in the 20th century. But sci-fi authors did imagine something like the Internet and social media before they existed. And we might be able to learn something from the writers who tried to imagine our daily lives. Cory Doctorow, Ada Palmer, Jo Walton and Arizona State University professor Ed Finn look at the cyberpunks and their predecessors. And artist Paul St. George talks about why he’s fascinated by a Skype-like machine from the Victorian era.