Indistinguishable from magic

Yesterday, on March 19, 2008, the science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke died. He will always be remembered for his work on 2001: A Space Odyssey, but also as the inventor avant-la-lettre of the communications satellite. I specifically admired his notion of venturing past the limits of the possible into the impossible.


I have gotten to know Arthur C. Clarke’s work (and that of many other sci-fi writers) through my friend Theo Kemp, who died on March 5, 2008. I was happy to use his last of Clarke’s three laws as a way to explain (1) that adding some pzazz, smoke and mirrors, bells and whistles aka magic to your product design is not bad and (2) that you don’t always need the most advanced technology, sufficiently advanced technology will do.

Now for my 2004 sufficiently advanced magical tribute I give you the magical embedding of Vimeo: