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Nov 19, 2021Philosophy/Ethics, Tech0 comments

There is no great invention, from fire to flying, which has not been hailed as an insult to some god

J. B. S. Haldane 1924
“Daedalus; or, Science and the Future”

Julia and John are talking about the following article:
Old World, High Tech

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Julia

Hi John! Cho told me you were working on something interesting … 😊                                                                                

Today 17:07

John

Hi Julia, yes, that’s right, on the link between science and sci-fi

Today 17:08   

Julia

Perhaps I can be of assistance …? I’ve taken a class of history of literature specializing in sci-fi

Today 17:08

John

Sounds interesting, we might be able to use that 😏

Today 17:09   

Julia

Yes, I was thinking, perhaps it makes sense to look at predictions that already have come true?

Today 17:09

John

Not exactly what we are looking for, but it might be good to have as supplementary materials

Today 17:10   

Julia

OK, so, you sometimes see Frankenstein as the first sci-fi book, but actually sci-fi is much older …

Today 17:11

John

Indeed, I’ve seen that claim a lot in the materials I’ve been looking at

Today 17:11  

Julia

Well, it might depend on how you define and classify things, but     

Today 17:12

Julia

there’s already androids and empires at war in space in ancient greek literature

Today 17:12

Julia

flying machines and mechanical birds in India, entire mechanical cities and a robot horse in Arabia

Today 17:12

John

Whoa, hold your horses! That is a lot! 🤗 Yes, I get why you thought this was relevant

Today 17:13   

Julia

Great! These aren’t exactly futuristic predictions however …             

Today 17:14

John

Indeed, so that makes it a bit harder to take up in this piece … but …

Today 17:14   

Julia

But?  🤔                                                                                                       

Today 17:15

John

maybe send me something on ancient science fiction and we’ll see about a supplementary article

Today 17:15   

Julia

Wow, thank you! I will certainly do that!  😊                                         

Today 17:16

John

It would be really great if you can link it up with actual science somehow …😊

Today 17:17   

Julia

I’ll try to do that. Actually there’s quite a few ancient books on mechanical devices and programmable automata

Today 17:18

Julia

They even had something like an animatronic theater and … vending machine

Today 17:18

John

Now that is cool! 😊 That’s the type of things we’re looking for: anticipations of recent technology

Today 17:18 

Julia

I’ll get to work then!😊                                                                              

Today 17:20

John

Thanks for contacting me, I look forward to your article.

Today 17:21

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