Why sci fi writers aren’t your damn Eightball when it comes to predicting the future… tho apparently Mark Twain came close that one time.

Poor Mr. Spock. Forced to interface with the Enterprise’s lame non-interwebbed ‘puter… Why the lameness? Physicist Laurence Krause explains, revealing why SF authors & scriptwriters are chained to the past just like every other meat-bag non-prophetic mortal. Totally common sense-ical for those of us who fritter away our time thinkin’ about this sorta thing, but worth a jump over to Slate to check it out (if only for the bit about Mark Twain’s vaguely prescient take on social-media-video-phonic gossip-mongering.)

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