Arthur Clarke’s Questions

On March 19, the prolific British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke died at age 90. At his 90th birthday party, in December, Clarke made three wishes: for the world to embrace cleaner energy resources, for a lasting peace in his adopted home, Sri Lanka, and for evidence of extraterrestrial beings. So…Which of Clarke’s three wishes do you think will happen first?

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  1. #1 Romeo Vitelli
    March 24, 2008

    What if all three happen at the same time, i.e. aliens land, sell us all sorts of clean energy technology and bring about world peace? They’re all improbable occurrences so they could just as easily happen together as separately, right?

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    March 24, 2008

    Romeo, shhhh….

    (we don’t want people to know. But yes, I’m sure you are right. They will be landing in Sri Lanka. Obviously).

  3. #3 csrster
    March 25, 2008

    What if mankind becomes extinct before any of the above?

  4. #4 yogi-one
    March 25, 2008

    What I noticed immediately is that people think there’s more chance we’ll find aliens that there is is chance of peace in Sri Lanka.

    That’s kind of depressing…

  5. #5 Lassi Hippeläinen
    March 25, 2008

    In case you haven’t noticed yet, here’s the last interview:
    http://spectrum.ieee.org/mar08/6075

    BTW, Clarke wasn’t the first person to think about the geostationary orbit.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herman_Poto%C4%8Dnik

    Clarke’s idea was to use manned communication satellites, where the operators would decide what material was worthy of being distributed globally. So he also invented Internet censorship.