Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. The only function of a school is to make self-education easier; failing that, it does nothing.
Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not.
You wait for the war to happen like vultures. If you want to help, prevent the war. Don’t save the remnants. Save them all.
When asked for advice by beginners, I always stress that. Know your ending, I say, or the river of your story may finally sink into the desert sands and never reach the sea.
What is really amazing, and frustrating, is mankind’s habit of refusing to see the obvious and inevitable until it is there, and then muttering about unforeseen catastrophes.
We are reaching the stage where the problems that we must solve are going to become insoluble without computers. I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.
Uncertainty that comes from knowledge (knowing what you don’t know) is different from uncertainty coming from ignorance.