All good things | Chuck Sigars
Longtime Beacon columnist says goodbye
Last updated 9/30/2021 at 9am
The year before I was born, Isaac Asimov wrote a short story called “The Feeling of Power.” Less than a dozen pages, it’s one of those Asimov stories that he seemed capable of churning out indefinitely, a glimmer of an idea pulled out like taffy until it was just the right length.
It’s set in a futuristic society in which everyone carries a small computer in their pocket, if you can imagine. They use these (as I recall; it’s been years since I read it) to do the same sorts of things we use our smartphones for, including quick calculations.
In Asimov’s future, though, humans have...