‘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”.
At this point you might say ‘Why should I care?’, after all Moore’s law – the one about the number of components that could be crammed into a computer chip doubling every year – and as a result making our computers faster and more capable, has been incredibly empowering for the making of our computing devices.
The ‘law’ was first mooted in 1965 by Gordon Moore, who by the way is one of Intel’s [the chip makers] founders. He later changed that statement to ‘every two years’, and we have seen it becoming a self-fulfilling prophesy.
So much is going on out there in the computing world that has huge effects on how we’ll live our life, and on how we see privacy, and what constitutes democracy, and worse, that the inevitable changes will happen faster than we are really ready for.
Fasten your seatbelt and come with me on a little tour of history.
At the request of one of our readers who asked for more information on uses of new TV, extra features and attachments to TV, I have compiled a few lines of info which may well turn out to be more than you’d wished for. It should be noted that On-Line available material can also be viewed on a TV with the right attachment, see later. You may be surprised at the mass of entertainment available to you on-line nowadays.
Below I have listed 3 categories. i.e. “Free of charge”, “Pay per view” and “Subscription based”. Have fun.
Did you enjoy your Christmas break and given the uncertain weather how about all the reruns on the TV for your entertainment?
With a new up to the minute TV you would at least have had great viewing from a purely visual aspect of the programmes offered, but if not what should we be looking for in our next TV to get the best picture?