Is William Gibson a Modern Day Oracle?


In the latest episode of PBS Digital Studios’ weekly web series Idea Channel, host Mike Rugnetta wonders: could William Gibson — and other sci-fi writers like him — be considered the modern equivalents of Nostradamus? Sure, science fiction writers don’t (generally) claim to have supernatural abilities to see into the future, but they do tend to predict it, and sometimes chillingly well. As this video points out, Gibson predicted the internet, Miku Hatsune and the popularity of reality TV, among a host of other things, with a great deal more accuracy than any so-called oracle. Click through to watch PBS’s highly educational — and highly entertaining — video about Gibson, technology, and the saying of the sooth, and let us know which sci-fi author you consider your own personal oracle (or whether you’re still banking on the Mayans) in the comments.