“Six Degrees: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy > iPhone”

Posted on July 15, 2013

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There are just six degrees of separation between everyone on earth, allegedly. How many steps does it take to connect the iPhone of today with the comedic sci fi classic, The Hitchhiker’s Guide? Intrepid intern Lans Nelson figured it out:

1. HHGTG

2. Was written by Douglas Adams

3. Adams was an Apple devotee whom the company promoted to “Apple Master,” a rank given to celebrity spokespeople

4. Apple was co-founded by Steve Jobs

5. Jobs developed the iPhone

6. iPhone freakishly resembles the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy guide-gadget of Adams’ books.

In 1978, the Earth was first targeted for destruction in favor of a pan-galactic highway. At least that’s the way Douglas Adams began his radio series “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” The radio series grew into a novel of the same name the following year, and Earth once again found itself in grave danger of annihilation. Fortunately, Adams wrote in a remarkable tool that helped his protagonists thwart the galactic baddies, the Vogons. This tool was the eponymous Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, an electronic travel guide that gave its owner instant access to languages, locations, history, and essentially everything we modern Earthlings look for on the Internet. This was pretty wishful thinking in 1978, however creative.

In 2004, an unprecedented marriage took place between AT&T Mobility and a development team at Apple, Inc. Investing about $150 million in the process, Mac co-founder Steve Jobs led his team in investigating touch-screen technology for cellular phones. The iPhone smart phone was launched to much hullabaloo in the US and UK three years later. iPhone users had a touch-interactive screen, Internet access, GPS, and advanced communication capabilities.

Could Adams have known, as he typed the book’s first draft on his electric typewriter, that civilization would eventually become dependent on computers and handheld smart phones bearing suspicious resemblance to his fantasy invention? Perhaps Douglas Adams was an intergalactic prophet.

Oh, and HHGTG? There’s an app for that…

There are just six degrees of separation between everyone on earth, allegedly. How many steps does it take to connect the iPhone of today with the comedic sci fi classic, The Hitchhiker’s Guide? Intrepid intern Lans Nelson figured it out:

1. HHGTG

2. Was written by Douglas Adams

3. Adams was an Apple devotee whom the company promoted to “Apple Master,” a rank given to celebrity spokespeople

4. Apple was co-founded by Steve Jobs

5. Jobs developed the iPhone

6. iPhone freakishly resembles the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy guide-gadget of Adams’ books.

In 1978, the Earth was first targeted for destruction in favor of a pan-galactic highway. At least that’s the way Douglas Adams began his radio series “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” The radio series grew into a novel of the same name the following year, and Earth once again found itself in grave danger of annihilation. Fortunately, Adams wrote in a remarkable tool that helped his protagonists thwart the galactic baddies, the Vogons. This tool was the eponymous Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, an electronic travel guide that gave its owner instant access to languages, locations, history, and essentially everything we modern Earthlings look for on the Internet. This was pretty wishful thinking in 1978, however creative.

In 2004, an unprecedented marriage took place between AT&T Mobility and a development team at Apple, Inc. Investing about $150 million in the process, Mac co-founder Steve Jobs led his team in investigating touch-screen technology for cellular phones. The iPhone smart phone was launched to much hullabaloo in the US and UK three years later. iPhone users had a touch-interactive screen, Internet access, GPS, and advanced communication capabilities.

Could Adams have known, as he typed the book’s first draft on his electric typewriter, that civilization would eventually become dependent on computers and handheld smart phones bearing suspicious resemblance to his fantasy invention? Perhaps Douglas Adams was an intergalactic prophet.

Oh, and HHGTG? There’s an app for that…

Kiped from the archives of the SyFy channel’s IdeaLab Blog for the TV show Eureka. Well kinda kiped, since I wrote it to begin with. Edited by Tiffany Lee Brown, without whom I’d be stuck in the land of curly quotes.

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