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08 September 2009 @ 12:53 pm
Techno-whatsis  
Poll #1454870 Techno-whatsis

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. (Arthur C. Clarke's Third Law of Prediction)

True
35(77.8%)
False
3(6.7%)
It's complicated, and I'll explain in comments
7(15.6%)

Any technology which can be distinguished from magic is insufficiently advanced. (Gehm's Corollary to Clarke's Law)

True
27(61.4%)
False
14(31.8%)
It's complicated, and I'll explain in comments
3(6.8%)

There is no technology, no matter how advanced, that cannot be circumvented by a sufficiently determined individual or group. (Janet Miles, to the best of my knowledge)

True
41(91.1%)
False
2(4.4%)
It's complicated, and I'll explain in comments
2(4.4%)

No matter how subtle and powerful the wizard, a knife between the shoulderblades will seriously cramp his style. (Steven KZ Brust)

True
38(84.4%)
False
0(0.0%)
It's complicated, and I'll explain in comments
7(15.6%)
 
 
Spark_in_darknesssparkindarkness on September 9th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
1) True to a degree - to people who don't understand it advanced technology DOES look like magic

But technology always has the idea that it CAN be understood and replicated by anyone with the knowledge/tools. Magic has an aura of being beyond or above.

2) Depends on definition of sufficient. Technology doesn't have to be so advanced it is beyond understanding to fulfil its purpose. And it can be beyond people's understanding and not be sufficient to its purpose if most people are ignorant of it

3) True - insofar that that individual or group can develop/use technology that equals or surpasses it

4)Depends on the wizard :) It may only irritate some :P