emerging technologies

 John Playfair's Transit Theodolite
John Playfair’s Transit Theodolite¬†http://images.is.ed.ac.uk/luna/servlet/s/6y5m06

The original Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was published 35 years ago today.

According to the Guide* regardless of which world you are in,  there are rules which determine the reaction of most life forms to emerging technologies:

  • Anything which is in your world when you are born is normal, ordinary and just a natural part of the way things work.
  • Anything which is invented in the first third of your lifespan is new and exciting and revolutionary and you could probably get a career in it.
  • Anything which is invented once you are middle aged is just against the natural order of things.


*Episode 8/8 Quintessential Phase 4 ( broadcast BBC Radio 4 23/6/05)

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