Communications 1922-1932 - HG Wells
In this short extract from a longer talk, HG Wells calls for the appointment of "professors of forethought" to explore the implications of the development of new inventions and devices. Wells chooses as an example the rapid spread of the motor car, which, in his view, has had serious consequences for modern life that have taken society by surprise. He believes that now is the time to create a faculty of professors who can prepare the country for the changes that advances in technology will inevitably bring.
The picture shows HG Wells on the set of the 1936 film dramatisation of his novel Things to Come. In the background, a dummy hangs out from the reconstructed wreckage of a fatal motor-car accident.