One of humanity’s greatest minds shows us the 21st century

Seeing the future

Summary: New Years begin with a flood of predictions. Here is one from the past by one of the greatest minds of the 20th century. It helps us understand how we got here and where we are going. "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." --- From It Seems … Continue reading One of humanity’s greatest minds shows us the 21st century

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

Stratfor: The Hype About the Hyperloop

Summary: History shows that the new industrial revolution just beginning will bring wonders, things often seemingly more like science fiction than practical technology. Here Stratfor looks at the hyperloop, a potentially transformative new transportation technology -- if it works. At the end are links are posts about even more fantastic technologies. The Hype Surrounding Hyperloop. … Continue reading Stratfor: The Hype About the Hyperloop

Ignore the skeptics. America can still grow.

Summary: Can America no longer grow? Have we exhausted the potential for future technological progress? Let's look at how far we have come and ask if the engines of progress that produced these wonders can no longer work for us. “Innovation of new forms of society and technology. It is the key to our progress. … Continue reading Ignore the skeptics. America can still grow.