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    WIRED | Jane Metcalfe | 7/5/20 | 9 min
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    • Florian
      Reading streak
      2 weeks ago

      I wish everyone was this optimistic

    • jbuchana
      Scout
      2 weeks ago

      as Edward O. Wilson so succinctly put it, “we have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and godlike technology.”

      This is the first time I’ve seen this quote. It describes things so well.

      Science fiction is so often prescient.

      The digital revolution fulfilled so many of our hopes and dreams

      It’s interesting that, while science fiction did often include computers and information technology, the predictions were often stunted and sometime, actually more often than not, computers played little part in the imagination of future life’s daily activities. I remember reading a novel where a starship was steered by huge room sized dials so that the markings would be fine enough for proper “aim” and the math for this navigation was done on giant slide rules. Most stories totally lacked anything like modern data science and communication, it wasn’t until the digital revolution was well underway that we started seeing it permeate life in most stories of the future. What grand ideas are we failing to predict in today’s science fiction? That’s interesting to think about.

    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      2 weeks ago

      Aiight. Let’s roll. Three cheers to sci fi for pointing the way!