oh god. It's finally happened.
Every so often someone comments 'I've gone mad, amanfromMars makes sense' or something similar, and I've always thought - 'you're having me on'.
But no. He is as lucid as I today.
Which is why I think I've gone mad.
stark raving mad.
Or perhaps he is just lucid compared to the bunkumologists.
Given the quality of the 'every intelligent thing has already been thought' proposition - which is even more interesting given that it seems not only fairly opposed to Goethe's general philosophical approach throughout his life, but in addition the only place that google can find that quote is in the actual report itself - it would seem that the report is self serving, based on lies and really really deserves quite a lot of opprobrium.
Perhaps we ought to all email them, pointing out the possible fallacy of the quote?
Anyone able to confirm the quote as real or fake?
Another thing (sorry this one has me really going); what the heck is a 'future' report doing consulting a bunch of CEO's, senior managers, and generally technically illiterate 'industry leaders', without crediting any actual technologists of any stripe?
I know the answer will be 'they're the ones who will decide what technologies to adopt' - but that's clearly crap - you only have to look at Gates' public pronouncements on the usefulness of the internet a few years ago to see how far off base a very very clever, technically literate, ceo can get in only a few years, to realise how useless anyone's predictions will be, let alone a bunch of technical illiterates.
Long term predictions are pointless, and actively dangerous;
except mine of course.
13th May, 2018, 16:30 at Sandown. Sprucey boy will romp home at 14:1.
Right - last rant - a few more appropriate Goethe quotes:
The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.
and my favourite in context:
When ideas fail, words come in very handy.
Oh, and Gates icon: Hate his practices, but compared to this lot he is the 'devil we know'. And love. Comparatively. Just comparatively.