The Future Never Was What It Used To Be

Found this through Cafe Hayek – Why Do Futurists Get So Much Wrong?

The Austrian economist Ludwig Lachmann once walked into the colloquium room at New York University, where the blackboard displayed this quotation: “When it comes to the future, one word says it all: You never know. – Y. Berra.”

Having built much of his economics on the unknowability of the future, Lachmann noticed the quote. However, having lived in South Africa for decades and being unfamiliar with the wit and wisdom of the former New York Yankees catcher, he pondered the chalk inscription for a bit, turned to those assembled, and in his heavy accent said, “I’m afraid I’m not familiar with the works of Professor Berra.”

The article provides a formula for creating wealth, explains why the flying car never existed, and describes how porn made the internet as we know it possible (streaming video wasn’t exactly pioneered by MTV) and made credit cards more secure.

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Posted on December 20, 2012, in Economic$, Science! and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. The future is indeed strange.

  2. The future was strange even in the past, but in the present the future is even stranger than previously imagined.

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