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Friday, March 12, 2010

Sadly

A missed future, an unfortunate present.
We have wars, major economic recessions, ancient earthly worries, no HAL (Heuristic ALgorythm) 9000 or any other personable artificial intelligences, no missions past other planets or their moons, no mysterious perfectly proportioned multidimensional intelligence measuring black monoliths.

Arthur C. Clarke, genius, science fiction writer, in 2010, you were wrong.

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8 Comments:

At Friday, March 12, 2010 at 8:09:00 AM EST, Blogger Mona $visitorIP said...

So was George Orwell, about 1984. But it's all coming to pass now, the vigilance the hidden camera, the terrorism....Yea Big Brother sure began watching, though not when predicted...

Some predictions are correct in evrything except the exact date.

Three years ago, My son and myself were teasing my husband on December 21st, since someone had predicted his death for the exact same date that very year.

It happened on the same date , but three years later...

I know this sounds wierd, but its true. I am choosing to call it a coincidence though...

At Friday, March 12, 2010 at 10:54:00 AM EST, Blogger Mona $visitorIP said...

Of course illogical predictions , or the ones beyond our understanding could be doubted thus.

But logical ingenuine come true, sooner or later.

I remember Aldous Huxley whenever I seea test tube baby

At Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 10:24:00 AM EST, Blogger Charles $visitorIP said...

Mona,

I really do hope you're right about A.C. Clarke's work. Of course with all of these authors, the work was fiction that has come to pass, although not always as they laid out. Actually, my hope is that Clarke's is not as he laid out, either. I'd rather see AI that is completely benevolent. Of course, I can understand HAL's illness, with humans giving him their own slanted view of the world, and our sick priorities.

At Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 11:02:00 AM EST, Blogger lady macleod $visitorIP said...

...however Sunday is Pi Day! So there is that...

At Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 12:34:00 PM EDT, Blogger Mona $visitorIP said...

Nothing is totally benevolent. With Heruistic Alogritm too, there are constraints of time and space. And I also call that a kind of touchstone method, since its used when there are no known methods to find solutions to a problem. They are just intelligence search strategies, and some of them generic to the extent of being randomized.

Fiction or AI, they are both just the media of approach. Both pointing out to future. Future writes itself in many ways....

At Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 12:34:00 PM EDT, Blogger Mona $visitorIP said...

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At Friday, March 19, 2010 at 8:59:00 PM EDT, Blogger SandyCarlson $visitorIP said...

So there, Arthur! Ha.

I enjoyed this.

At Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 2:20:00 AM EDT, Blogger S E E Quine $visitorIP said...

Well, Clarke was right about China putting a birth limit, as in the book 2001.

But yeah, I really wish things would have been as they were in Arthur C Clarke's mysterious universe (no, not the TV show), but then again, I think we would all be in trouble if Jupiter became another star.

You know what's really weird? 1984 wasn't about the year 1984, it was commentary about the era in which the book was written -- just scarier!
` That book rather did scare me. The movie, which was made in 1984, was also scary. I wonder how scary a fiction writer could make today's world seem? I shudder to think!

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