Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic-nature-garbage?

June 20, 2018

Riffing off of Arthur C. Clarke’s original:

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

**Origins of the law’s can be found here.

Karl Schroeder adds his version from his DEEPENING PARADOX essay:

So are we alone? Well, there is one other possibility, at this point. I’ve lately been trumpeting my revision of Clarke’s Law (which originally said ‘any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’). My revision says that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from Nature. (Astute readers will recognize this as a refinement and further advancement of my argument in Permanence.) Basically, either advanced alien civilizations don’t exist, or we can’t see them because they are indistinguishable from natural systems. I vote for the latter.

and Bruce (@Bruces) with:

My version of Clarke’s Law was “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from garbage.” This may seem like a thesis antithesis, but it’s resolved in the fact that a radically polluted Next Nature is so rapidly becoming garbage.

Full post: www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2012/01/…erg-growth-assembly/

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