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March 23rd, 2010

March 23rd, 2010
12:35 pm


Variations on Clarke's Law
Someone linked to this comic in a locked post.  After I finished sporfling, I had these random thoughts:

Everyone is familiar with Clarke's Law ("Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.")  A lot of people have come up with jokes or tag lines twisting it around in various ways.  A piece, I'm pretty sure by Arlan Andrews, I'm pretty sure published in Analog in the 80s (probably a Probability Zero) called "Indian Summa", took a couple of pages to set up "Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology."  Berry Gehm quipped, somewhen, that "Any technology distinguishable from magic is not sufficiently advanced."  There was a fortune cookie on one of the Unix systems I once worked on that claimed "Any sufficiently advanced bug is indistinguishable from a feature."

Does anyone have any more good variations on this time-honored theme?

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