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- Ever since 1958, I have spent much time on a new interest; the future of our industrial civilization. I became more and more convinced that a serious mismatch has developed between technology and our social institutions, and that inventive minds ought to consider social inventions as their first priority. This conviction has found expression in three books, Inventing the Future, 1963, Innovations, 1970, and The Mature Society, 1972. Though I still have much unfinished technological work on my hands, I consider this as my first priority in my remaining years.
- It is impossible to predict the future, the best we can do is to invent it.
- The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
- Allegedly and far more famously, this passage is said by Alan Kay, too. A sort of peaceful co-existence exists between the two camps who bother little whose original idea and wording it is. Most likely is Gabor's idea and Kay's rewording. So rewording is so rewarding!