Vintage photos of the 1960s in N.J.

If you’re not in your 40s or older, you likely don’t remember Arthur C. Clarke, a British historian, inventor and writer who hosted a number of television shows in the 1980s. Clarke also co-wrote the screenplay for the 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

In the 1960s, those who looked to what the future might bring tended toward “Jetsons” visions of 21st century America, complete with cities in the clouds and flying cars. Clarke made some of his predictions in 1964 as to what life might be like 50 years later and, unlike his contemporaries, many of his predictions were spot-on.

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While not naming them, Clarke foresaw both internet and cellular technology by noting that people of the future would have instant contact with anyone anywhere on earth and that business could be conducted from any location in the world. He saw what we call telecommuting as becoming available to many workers.

Clarke predicted robotic surgery and noted that surgeons on one continent could treat patients on another. He saw people volunteering for cryogenic suspension and saw bioengineering, including cloning of animals, as scientific fact in the future.

Clarke almost perfectly described 3D printers being able to “replicate” solid items and predicted that computers, barely out of the vacuum tube era in 1964, would eventually be able to start thinking for themselves … artificial intelligence.

Here’s a look at the way things were in New Jersey back when those concepts were science fiction, not fact. And here are links to more galleries you might enjoy.

Vintage photos of the 1950s in N.J.

Vintage photos of N.J. in the 1960s

Vintage photos of the 1970s in N.J.

Greg Hatala may be reached at greghatalagalleries@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.

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