Did Douglas Get It Right?
Mitch Benn looks back at a radio series made by Douglas Adams in 2000, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Future, which presented a vision of the future that new technology would offer.
In the year 2000, at the turn of the new millennium, Douglas Adams made a radio series offering a vision of the future that new technology would offer. He looked at the fast changing music scene, the coming of e-books, the future for broadcasting and made his predictions for what he described as 'extreme evolution'. But did he get it right?
Best known for 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', Douglas Adams was a huge fan of new technology and predicted an exciting future for the 21st century. Sadly he did not live to see it, as he died aged 49 in 2001.
Now Mitch Benn takes on the challenge of seeing what Douglas got right, and what he got wrong. The radio series was called 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Future', and 15 years after its first broadcast we hear the voice of Douglas Adams, a passionate advocate for technology, once again.