Arthur C. Clarke: use your imagination to see the future

Prophecy

Summary: Arthur C. Clarke warns about the "Hazards of Prophecy". In part 2 he warns about confident forecasts declaring an innovation to be impossible, and gives some stunning examples of scientists' failure to imagine the near future. It's an important lesson to remember as a new industrial revolution begins. "Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination" … Continue reading Arthur C. Clarke: use your imagination to see the future

Arthur C. Clarke warns us about bold confident predictions

Sailing into the Future

Summary: Arthur C. Clarke warns about the "Hazards of Prophecy." Don't take those predictions about 2018 & beyond too seriously. Especially the gloomy ones about technological stagnation, with so many signs that a new industrial revolution has begun. We're sailing into an unknown future.   "Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Nerve" By Arthur C. … Continue reading Arthur C. Clarke warns us about bold confident predictions

How science fiction shows us the limits of science

Summary: Overconfident scientists propel America's progress. But their confidence does not mean we can safely use their conclusions when making public policy. Stories about future histories of our time show the problem. They can help us more effectively use the insights provided by science. The march of archaeology can help us understands the limits of … Continue reading How science fiction shows us the limits of science