Profiles of the Future

Arthur C. Clarke was an incredible science fiction writer. He wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey. But he also published compendiums of his essays, and that’s where we get Clarke’s Three Laws from:

  1. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
  2. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
  3. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
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