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We've all heard the stories about the guy who opined that there was no foreseeable future for computers in the home, etc. Well, here's a whole load of them! http://theweek.com/home/bad_op...4&index=14&bogid=151


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Interesting how accurate are Arthur C Clarke's compared with most of the others. For example:

"Food will be grown in air-conditioned domes, and building materials will be mined from the moon itself."

All that's needed is a bit more time.


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He is still wrong.

I liked this one, particularly: “Over the next century, Law will be simplified. Lawyers will have diminished, and their fees will have been vastly curtailed.”

—Junius Henri Browne, American journalist, 1893


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I don't see that he's wrong - unless he gave some time-frame which is not in the quotation. I am quite sure that his prediction about lunar living will eventually come to pass.

It just hasn't happened yet.

Incidentally, Clarke's prediction about geostationery satellites was poo-pooed by many in the 1940s. Now we use the things every day without a second's thought.


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Now we use the things every day without a second's thought.


I constantly worry that they may fall on me, so that's not true.


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I don't see that he's wrong - unless he gave some time-frame which is not in the quotation. I am quite sure that his prediction about lunar living will eventually come to pass.

It just hasn't happened yet.

Incidentally, Clarke's prediction about geostationery satellites was poo-pooed by many in the 1940s. Now we use the things every day without a second's thought.


And every other prediction by anybody must be allowed the same leeway if no timeframe was given.
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While man can fly using machines, I wonder why evolution hasn't worked to make us capable of flying by turning farts into jet propulsion.


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And every other prediction by anybody must be allowed the same leeway if no timeframe was given.

I don't think that's necessarily true. Some of the predictions shown will never happen regardless of how long the timeframe is.

Self-sustaining colonies on the moon are already possible with current technology. all that is lacking is the will to make it happen. I doubt it'll be in my lifetime - even though we already have colonies in space, if not yet the moon.


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even though we already have colonies in space, if not yet the moon.

Not by any definiton of colony that I'm familiar with.
 
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The International Space Station has been continuously occupied for about 12 years and is expected to reamin occupied for another 10 years at least. The colony is a small one, of course, but I reckon it deserves to be called a colony.

On the moon it would be easier to build a larger facility as many of the materials will be to hand.


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A colony has to be self-sufficient and self-sustaining. The space station is not, nor would a moon base be, either. Both require supplies from an outside source to survive.

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I would think every colony must start with support from the founding country - and that support might continue for many years.

But I see no reason why a moon colony should not eventually become self-sustaining. Obviously we don't yet know what resources the moon had - but I'd not be surprised to learn that there is water deep underground that could be mined. Oxygen can be made as it is made on Earth - through plant photosynthesis. All that is needed is the will to do it.


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My favorite bad opinion of election season was by Larry Kudlow, right-wing pundit, on his CNBC show “The Kudlow Report” on Oct. 25: ”I am now predicting a 330 vote electoral landslide [for Romney].”

Obama won 332 electoral votes (to Romney's 206), a result which was hastily repainted by right-wingers as 'squeaking by'.
 
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Oh, that is funny, Bethree! Big Grin
 
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