VARIATIONS ON CLARKE’S THIRD LAW

Published by Gregory Benford on January 30th, 2013

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. (Clarke’s 3rd law)
………3A.) Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced. (Gregory Benford’s variation)
………3B.) Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology. (Clarke’s third law, addendum.)
………3C.) Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a completely ad-hoc plot device. (Aka ‘Langfords law’)
……….3D.) Any technology, regardless of how advanced, will seem like magic to those who do not understand it. (Mark Stanley, Freefall)

 

Here’s me and Arthur in London, 1988



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