Thursday, September 08, 2005

Any sufficiently advanced ...

Arthur C. Clarke, (Clarke's third law)
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Vernon Schryver
Any sufficiently advanced incompetence is indistinguishable from malice

Gregory Benford, Foundations Fear, 1997
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.

Advanced Music
Any sufficiently advanced music is indistinguishable from MIDI

Anon

Any sufficiently advanced bureaucracy is indistinguishable from
molasses.

answer to Fermi's Paradox
Any sufficiently advanced intelligence is indistinguishable from nature

scott rainey

Any sufficiently advanced cluelessness is indistinguishable from humour

Oh, the Huge Manatee
Any sufficiently advanced parody is indistinguishable from pretention

Rich Kulawiec
Any sufficiently advanced bug is indistinguishable from a feature.

Carson Gaspar

Any sufficiently advanced application proxy is indistinguishable from any sufficiently advanced stateful inspection engine.

Andy Finkel
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.

Cairns's Third Law

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from life.

Michael Shermer

Any sufficiently advanced Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence is indistinguishable from God

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Clarke's Third Law as applied to music

  • Any sufficiently advanced country music is indistinguishable from rock.
  • Any sufficiently advanced rock music is indistinguishable from jazz
  • Any sufficiently advanced jazz is indistinguishable from random noise.
  • Any sufficiently advanced random noise is indistinguishable from
    Yanni.


Alan Morgan (talk.origins)
Any sufficiently advanced parody is indistinguishable from a genuine kook.


Throop's Law:
Any sufficiently advanced tool can be used for something it wasn't intended for. ...

advanced content management system
Any sufficiently advanced content management system is virtually indistinguishable from a good wiki

Linux
Any sufficiently advanced operating system is indistinguishable from Linux

The Confusion, Neal Stephenson
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a yo-yo". Spoken by Enoch the Red

10 Comments:

Blogger Avedon said...

Okay, I've been trying to trace an attribution - where did you get that it's Greg?

9/11/2005 03:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These have been breeding significantly on slashdot...

$RANDOMLUSER
any sufficiently advanced sarcasm is indistinguishable from offtopic

whyde(?)
Any sufficiently advanced ignorance is indistinguishable from stupidity.

Clarke's Third Law: prov. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Any sufficiently reliable magic is indistinguishable from technology.

Any sufficiently nice person is indistinguishable from someone who likes you.

Any sufficiently advanced communication technology is indistinguishable from random noise.
--Richard Factor's Corrolary to Clarke's Third Law.

anonymous
Any sufficiently advanced satire is indistinguishable from reality.

Anonymous Brave Guy
Any sufficiently advanced undocumented feature is indistinguishable from a bug. :-)

11/14/2007 06:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any sufficiently advanced advancement is indistinguishable from an alternate dimension where that advancement did not happen.

10/25/2008 12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The causes of the behaviour of any sufficiently complex system are insufficiently explained by everything else but chance.

6/05/2009 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Daniel Lowe said...

Lowe's Law - Any sufficiently advanced data format is indistinguishable from code.

6/05/2009 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovecraft's corollary: any sufficiently advanced technology will drive you totally insane.

6/05/2009 07:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any sufficiently advanced "sufficiently advanced" joke is indistinguishable from utter lameness

--Sam

7/08/2011 06:08:00 PM  
Blogger John Wheeler (יוחנן רכב) said...

Any sufficiently tendentious attempt to imitate Clarke's Third Law is not only indistinguishable from falsehood, it is self-refuting. And that applies to about 50% of the comments here.

Put another way: any sufficiently disgruntled comment like that is indistinguishable from a raspberry.

Interesting list all the same, and thanks for providing the source of the "indistinguishable from malice" one.

3/15/2012 02:21:00 PM  
Blogger Jeff & Evie said...

I heard a “Any sufficiently advanced demo is indistinguishable from product”
anyone have an attribution?

6/09/2016 02:47:00 PM  
Blogger Violette Rose-Jones said...

This one I came up with: Any thinking, sufficiently advanced, will appear to be madness.

3/16/2017 01:56:00 AM  

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