Is William Gibson A Modern Day Oracle? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

The science fiction writer William Gibson has not only written some fantastic scifi novels, but in the process predicted the internet, Miku Hatsune, reality TV, and a crazy amount of other technological and societal developments that have come into being. His impressive rate of accuracy seems almost mystical. Sure, he’s essentially just an entertainer, but he’s got a better batting average than Nostradamus, who was actually TRYING to predict the future. We may not need oracles as much as we did in the past (what with science and all), but a look into the future can be exciting and an awesome preparation for what’s to come.

Let us know what sorts of crazy ideas you have, about this episode and otherwise:
Tweet at us! @pbsideachannel (yes, the longest twitter username ever)
Email us! pbsideachannel [at] gmail [dot] com

Listen beautiful relax classics on our Youtube channel.

Hosted by Mike Rugnetta (@mikerugnetta)
Made by Kornhaber Brown (

Music By:
Mister Electric Demon

Reddit Thread:

ElI5: What is the "singularity" in technological singularity? How does the notion of it apply to culture? from explainlikeimfive

Dawkins Blog:

Want some more Idea Channel?

Here’s last week’s episode: “Are Memes & Internet Culture Creating A Singularity?”

Want another one? Here ya go: “Is Nic Cage the Intersection of YOLO and Taoism?”

You want more? Check this one out: “Are the Olympics A Model for Creating Geniuses?”

Rating Is William Gibson A Modern Day Oracle? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios is 5.0 / 5 Votes: 3
Please wait...