The greatest problem of the future is civilizing the human race.
~Arthur C. Clarke, “Aladdin’s Lamp“ (1962)
Do you see, then, that the important prediction is not the automobile, but the parking problem; not radio, but the soap-opera; not the income tax but the expense account; not the Bomb but the nuclear stalemate? Not the action, in short, but the reaction?
~Isaac Asimov, “Future? Tense!“ (1965)
Him there, they worshiped him; but some had doubts.
Then Jesus came to them and said this: “All
Authority in heaven and on earth
Is granted me. So go and make disciples
Of all the nations, baptizing them in
The name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
And teaching them to follow all that I’ve
Commanded you. And surely I’m your friend
Always, even until the age’s end.”
It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.
Nanotechnology is manufacturing with atoms.
The economic depression that struck Europe in the fourteenth century was followed ultimately by economic and technological recovery. But the depression we have moved into will have no end. We can anticipate centuries of decline and exhaustion.
~Jean Gimpel, The Medieval Machine, 1975
This country is at present engaged in furnishing material for future authors; not in encouraging its living ones.
~Herman Melville (1819−1891), U.S. author. Letter, July 20, 1851, to a publisher, Richard Bentley. Correspondence, vol. 14, The Writings of Herman Melville, ed. Lynn Horth (1993). (The subject was international copyright.) Melville wrote Moby-Dick, The Confidence-Man, and Billy Budd.
Gradually the village murmur subsided, and we seemed to be embarked on the placid current of our dreams, floating from past to future as silently as one awakes to fresh morning or evening thoughts.
~Henry David Thoreau (1817−1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist, “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers“ (1849) in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 17, Houghton Mifflin (1906)
Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 A.D. We came in peace for all mankind.
Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.
~Edwin Powell Hubble, The Nature of Science, 1954
In science it often happens that scientists say, “You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,” and then they actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
~Carl Sagan, 1987. Carl Edward Sagan (1934 – 1996) was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer and science communicator in astronomy and natural sciences.
He spent most of his career as a professor of astronomy at Cornell University, where he directed the Laboratory for Planetary Studies. He published more than 600 scientific papers and articles and was author, co-author or editor of more than 20 books. He advocated scientifically skeptical inquiry and the scientific method, pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).
Mystery creates wonder, and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.
The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.
In my mind, public space travel will precede efforts toward exploration − be it returning to the moon, going to Mars, visiting asteroids, or whatever seems appropriate. We’ve got millions and millions of people who want to go into space, who are willing to pay. When you figure in the payload potential of customers, everything changes.
The perfect computer has been developed. You just feed in your problems and they never come out again.
The most overlooked advantage of owning a computer is that if they foul up there’s no law against whacking them around a bit.
Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.