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)