In a post-Industrial World

TofflerBack in the 1990s I read Alvin Toffler, an American Author and futurist, and was quite taken by his view of the world and his description of his vision of the post-industrial society, as he named it. He had actually been writing since the ‘70s, but hadn’t really registered on my radar before I got involved in the whole personal technology revolution as opposed to the Corporate computer processing that was the norm in the ‘80s.

With hindsight, the post-industrial society we might today call the technological society, since it paved the way for rapid changes and introduction of more and more technology to do the drudge work, at least at first.

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What is Enlightenment?

KantThis question was posed by Immanuel Kant [Philosopher] back in 1784 and you may well wonder if we have become more enlightened when we read of all the political bickering going on around us.

Immanuel Kant went on to say that “Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed immaturity.

Immaturity is the inability to use one’s understanding without guidance from another.”

You see my point.
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The Weird and wonderful

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At various times the words ‘Quantum computing’ and ‘Quantum mechanics’ as well as ‘Quantum nano computers’ were mentioned in past posts.

There is a good reason for that because whilst on the one hand the whole quantum business is really weird, on the other it is wonderfully amazing and it is not long now before some startling computing results can be expected.

That means that for us mere mortals the concepts will begin to have greater meaning so we need to know a little more than just the name ‘quantum computing’.

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Clarke’s third Law and a bit of Magic

clarke-s-first-law‘Clarke’ refers to Arthur C Clarke, the British SciFi writer, who formulated 3 adages commonly known as ‘Clarke’s three laws’ of which the third law is the best known and most widely cited: ‘Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic’.

It first appeared back in 1973 in one of his essays and as for the ‘magic’ he later said that while he “would have believed anyone who told him back in 1962 that there would one day exist a book-sized object capable of holding the content of an entire library, he would never have accepted that the same device could find a page or word in a second and then convert it into any typeface and size”.

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