Restless Device

A Podcast about Extraordinary Technology with Dave Unger

Magic, Technology, and Arthur C. Clarke

“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” –Arthur C. Clarke.

This quote from science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke has been ringing in my ears lately. I see this quote around a lot, but the more I think about it, the less clear (and the more intriguing) it seems. Who is it that can’t tell magic and technology apart? And what kind of technology counts as “advanced?” I’m not sure.