Future Imperfect

Six prominent sci-fi writers, when asked to predict the future, turn out to be surprisingly myopic. I won’t be surprised if most of the issues they are concerned about turn out to be mere blips on the historical radar in hindsight. They should have asked Neal Stephenson. Or Spider Robinson, or Orson Scott Card.

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  1. i am about halfway through crypto btw

    1. Enjoying it, I hope?

      1. I am enjoying aspects and parts quite a bit though I can’t honestly say its drawing me in as a whole yet. i like the balance of characters and POVs. some of the math parts are having the same effect on me as math texts do, where i sit there thinking ‘why explain it the longest and most complex way possible when there are more effective ways to describe this?’ – likewise some of the phrasing seems forced into obscure words in a way that strikes me as a bit contrived simply _to_ use big words. but overall so far still quite good and i thank you for the recommendation. 🙂

        1. My dad had a similar problem with the explanations. I still think he has a gift for explaning complex systems in terms lay-persons can grasp, but when you’re familiar with the subject it can seem pretty longwinded. I still think his bicycle-chain analogy for modular number systems was brilliant, though.

          1. so far the character i am enjoying the most is actually goto dengo

            the bike thing was good initially but i thought it got carried a bit far. the business about the divvying of goods via spacing in the parking lot was just too silly for me, and additionally had a glaring flaw – since the whole premise was that everyone would assign a different emotional value to each object, obviously they _can’t_ be placed in a set space like that (since youd have to use one persons e-value to assign a spot). they would have had to redo it each time for each person. and again, there was a _much_ easier way.

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