Jonathan Margolis: Real progress comes from human imagination.
I have a copy of a long-forgotten 1987 book by Arthur C Clarke: July 20, 2019: Life in the 21st century.
I did not plan on mentioning it until the 50th anniversary of the first moon landings, which its title reflects.
But I am breaking my own embargo because re-reading it has given me new insight.
Clarke, a science-fiction writer, was also no slouch as a futurologist.
His fictional HAL 9000 computer in 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he co-wrote, presages many of today’s fears about artificial intelligence.
He was also…