“Science fiction is not about predicting. Rather, its’ about exploring, poking sticks in the ground ahead of us, looking for quicksand pit and landmines.” – David Brin
Arthur C. Clarke would have been 96 today. He expanded our vision of not just what is possible on Earth, but what might be possible in the universe. Unfettered by reality or physics, his imagination was his only boundary for glimpsing dystopia or possibly the downsides of utopia taken to extremes.
He also gave us his 3rd Law – “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic”. This Law has inspired “Lynn’s Corollary at the heart of black box regression, a quicksand pit of ignorance against which we need extra vigilance…
“As technology increases, belief in magic increases.”