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by Levi C. Byers
Isaac Asimov could predict the future. Or at least that’s what it seemed like when fans dug up his essay from 1964 in which he imagined visiting a World’s Fair in 2014. Although the essay can be cherry-picked for inaccurate guesses, there are some stunning predictions about population growth, sight-sound communications, and mechanized labor that solidly reflect facets of our modern world. It appears that Asimov, with the aid of a brilliantly scientific and creative mind, far outshone the powers of any so-called psychic. But how did he do it?
We can start by looking at Foundation, a 1951 novel that is essentially about forecasting the future using an invented field of study called psychohistory. In the book, this socio-mathematical science can model the behavior of human societies, given that the population size is big enough for broad extrapolations to be drawn. By analyzing statistical…
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