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Monday, December 5, 2016

A Detective Writer Predicted The Google Search Engine And Apple Watch

Search engines made our lives easier. Just a few clicks away, we can access the vast collective knowledge that mankind have accumulated for thousands of years. Many of you probably don’t realize that Raymond Chandler, A detective writer predicted the use of Google 45 years before it was launched on 1998. He sent a letter to H.N Swanson on March 14 1953 and he unconsciously predicted the use of search engines, in the same letter he also predicted the use of Apple Watch.

Raymond Chandler is known to satirize science fiction, and sometimes do parodies of the genre. Mainly because he is a hardboiled detective fiction writer. Raymond unknowingly predicted the significance of search engines of the digital age. In the same letter he also predicted the use of IWatches.

In this letter to H.N. Swanson, March 14, 1953, Chandler parodies science fiction novels rather cleverly. But it also looks like he actually invents Google, or at least the word anyway:

Did you ever read what they call Science Fiction? It's a scream. It is written like this: "I checked out with K19 on Adabaran III, and stepped out through the crummaliote hatch on my 22 Model Sirus Hardtop. I cocked the timejector in secondary and waded through the bright blue manda grass. My breath froze into pink pretzels. I flicked on the heat bars and the Bryllis ran swiftly on five legs using their other two to send out crylon vibrations. The pressure was almost unbearable, but I caught the range on my wrist computer through the transparent cysicites. I pressed the trigger. The thin violet glow was ice-cold against the rust-colored mountains. The Bryllis shrank to half an inch long and I worked fast stepping on them with the poltex. But it wasn't enough. The sudden brightness swung me around and the Fourth Moon had already risen. I had exactly four seconds to hot up the disintegrator and Google had told me it wasn't enough. He was right." 
They pay brisk money for this crap?

Raymond Chandler also predicted the dangers of too much immersion of the public in televisions. He criticized the way TV and film industries dumb down citizens and made them less productive. These problems is still enduring, despite the existence of the vast information network, in the name of Internet.
TV stinks to heaven and even the halfwits admit it, but it doesn't cost anything, and you don't have to put a shirt on and get the car out and find a place to park and sit in a badly ventilated theatre with the stink of popcorn turning your stomach.
I'd like a TV show, who wouldn't, but not on any terms CBS would agree to. And if I got the kind of show I would like, it would probably flop. The private eye as such is dated. If you can't give him character and interest as a human being, you are licked. And TV can't. It hasn't the time or the talent and it is too much afraid of offending some jerk in Corn Center, Nebraska.

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