Thursday, February 22, 2018

Prolong Civilization

Asimov certainly was influential because he was seriously paralleling Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, but he applied that to a sort of modern galactic empire.  The lesson I drew from that is you should try to take the set of actions that are likely to prolong civilization, minimize the probability of a dark age, and reduce the length of a dark age if there is one.

-- Elon Musk (1971-), South African-born Canadian American entrepreneur, engineer, and inventor, on the influence of Isaac Asimov on his life goals, in an interview with Neil Strauss, 15 November 2017

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