Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Arthur C. Clarke

Today we hear of the death of Arthur C. Clarke and within a very short time people were recognising and mourning his passing.

Like many of us I’m sure, it was through reading Arthur C Clarke ( and others of his time) from an early age that I knew about the power of information and communications technology before I experienced it and had my hands on it... What was your favourite book/story?

Equally we all recognise at a times his 1961 third law,

‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.’

From marveling at the ease of global communication, accepting that a plastic box of frozen gunge comes out of the microwave as a hot meal (?), treasuring the 3D image of a baby in the womb to wondering which god I have offended when a set of identical spec laptops from the same company each respond to the same piece of software in their own idiosyncratic way. It is magic!

In this Youtube video from December last year he talks about communications as well as his thoughts for the future.

So Hal you're on your own now!

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