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.
To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.
To insult someone we call him “bestial.” For deliberate cruelty and nature, “human” might be the greater insult.
To be perfectly honest with you, I don’t really see what the big deal is about getting to the Moon with the computers and the mid-course-corrections. I know you are a bunch of engineers, and you know better than I do, but I ask you…once you get there beyond the atmosphere, do you or do you not see the Moon?