A Peek into the Year 2300

Technowize Magazine - - Features -

At the be­gin­ning of the year, I de­cided to give my­self a book chal­lenge by work­ing through twenty books which have won the hugo Award for Best Novel. See­ing Isaac Asi­mov’s Foun­da­tion, I im­me­di­ately knew which book I had to start with. I de­voured the book rather quickly, and went ahead and read the tril­ogy. The clas­sic and quin­tes­sen­tial sci­ence fic­tion goes like this - fifty thou­sand years in the fu­ture, mankind now lives un­der a ga­lac­tic Em­pire that is on the verge of col­lapse. A sci­en­tist named hari Sel­don has de­ter­mined that the ga­lac­tic Em­pire’s

fall will re­sult into a re­play of Earth’s Dark Ages on a ga­lac­tic scale. To save hu­man­ity, Sel­don is tasked to cre­ate two Foun­da­tions that pre­serve the ac­cu­mu­lated knowl­edge of the phys­i­cal sciences and thereby shorten the 300,000 years of Dark Age that fol­lowed the Em­pire’s col­lapse to a 1,000year in­ter­reg­num. This is Isaac Asi­mov sketch­ing a lit­tle saga, and I must say the se­ries is an un­qual­i­fied tri­umph. And with that, begs the ques­tion – what does our fu­ture look like?

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