Warm Up Exercise, December 13 & 14, 2018 (with supplement)

SHORT ESSAY:1 Arthur C. Clarke2 is credited with the quote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”3  Explain what you think he meant.  Do you think he was correct?  Explain why or why not.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTION: Only do the supplement below if you are one of the three students who have two engineering classes. Otherwise, do not proceed.

Arthur C. Clarke is also credited with the quote, “When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.”4 Explain what you think he meant.  Do you think Clarke was correct?  Explain why or why not.

  1. Your short essay should be a paragraph or two. “Explain” means to give some logical reasons for your point of view
  2. Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (1917 – 2008) was a British author, inventor and futurist, famous for his short stories and novels, among them 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
  3. Profiles of the Future (revised edition, 1973)
  4.   Profiles of the Future (1962)