„Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.“

Profiles of the Future (revised edition, 1973)
Origine: Profiles of the Future: An Inquiry Into the Limits of the Possible

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autore di fantascienza e inventore britannico 1917 - 2008

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Contesto: Clarke's Law of Revolutionary Ideas: Every revolutionary idea — in science, politics, art, or whatever — seems to evoke three stages of reaction. They may be summed up by the phrases:(1) "It's completely impossible — don't waste my time";
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