Short Interview with William Shockley (1969)

Dr. Shockley invented the transistor design that wound up in mass produced electronics in December, 1947. Quite worth the ~7 minutes to take a look:

Notably he speculates on flat screen displays as an off-hand remark, in 1969! Those folks at Bell Labs were a generation ahead of their time.

Arthur C. Clarke proposing the idea of geostationary satellites, global peer to peer communication, and the GPS system in 1956

A very enlightening letter written by Mr. Clarke saved by Letters of Note (an excellent online resource for all sorts of obscure letters, memorandums, etc.).

He may also have been the first person to propose satellite communications, in a 1945 article in the ‘Wireless World’ magazine, though I do not have acces to the original source to confirm.

A bit of imaginative thinking married with practical technical knowledge goes a long way it seems.