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 Writer Arthur C Clarke dies at 90

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Date posted: 20/03/2008

Arthur C Clarke died at 8pm GMT, yesterday. He died in his adopted home of Sri Lanka, of respiratory complications and heart failure.

The futurist visionary attempted to see things accurately, and his mind, unlike so many others, was frequently right.

He never more than touched on VR, but, from our area of the sphere, modern robotics, and the development of brain-computer interfaces were predicted by his gaze.

In computer communications, he envisaged the idea of a communications satellite ? but did not patent it, doubting it would happen in his lifetime. The Internet, and augmented reality ? the Global Positioning System ? both owe him that legacy.

His statements inspired many people, for many different reasons. Here at the network, several of his concepts inspired some among us to work to disprove them, providing ways via VR, AR, and robotics, that a man could walk among the bugs, or interact with amoebae, on a level playing field.

With his death, he will never experience the ways a topic he once stated ?with deep regret, this is not possible?, can actually unfold before him.

Sometimes I am asked how I would like to be remembered," he recalled recently.

"I have had a diverse career as a writer, underwater explorer and space promoter. Of all these, I would like to be remembered as a writer."

A statement from Sir Arthur's office said he had recently reviewed the final manuscript of his latest novel.

The Last Theorem, co-written with Frederik Pohl, will be published later this year.

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