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Technology and magic (Part 2)

By | February 24, 2014

In the previous post on this topic, I observed that a large portion of our interactions with technology, particularly information technology, takes the form of magic. That is, we know how to perform certain actions on the machine that result in consequences we want, although we haven’t really much idea about how those consequences are achieved. Even the… Read More »

Technology and magic? [Part 1]

By | December 31, 2013

One of the better-known quotes attributed to the late Arthur C Clarke was his Third Law: ”Any powerful technology is indistinguishable from magic”. This is one of those pronouncements that seems at first bewildering, then profound, and finally more embarrassing than anything else. The bewilderment arises from our immediate sense that technology – science-based stuff – ought to… Read More »