Re: July 20, 2019 - CHAPTER 1 - Introduction
I was about to set up Chapter 1 and you beat me to it. I must say well done - much better than I would have summarized it. Feel free to lead this discussion as much as you want.
At first I had two problems with this chapter, but resolved both. The first is the subtitle "Letter from a Lunar Inhabitant." I thought oh no, Clarke is gonna be waaaay off on all these predictions and this book is going to be ridiculous. Then I noticed this comment on his previous book Profiles of the Future
OK so we should probably try to keep this in mind: Clarke is not attempting to predict the future with great accuracy, he is pointing out what could be accomplished if we really set our minds and resources to it.
The second thing that bothered me was the rambling and disorganized nature of some of the writing, totally unlike anything else Clarke has written. Then as KS references about "Hal," I realized this confusion was deliberate - Clarke demonstrates how artificial intelligence that is aware of all you have written and understands what you are writing in context might assist in the writing process.
Ooops. Well Clarke did make it to 90. We are still a long ways off from when it will not be unusual to live beyond 102. Question:
When will we know that man has "really