Sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology

Raymond Chen


An informal tradition in a former group was that whenever somebody bought a new car, we all went out to lunch to celebrate, but the person with the new car had to be one of the drivers.
During one of our new-car trips, the proud owner of the new car showed off its fancy features. “Check this out, this car has a voice-controlled radio: Radio, On.”
The car radio turned on.
“Radio, Select KUOW.”
The radio changed its station.
“Radio, louder.”
The volume went up.
But this wasn’t a demonstration of voice-recognition technology. It was a magic trick.
You see, the car has radio controls built into the back of the steering wheel.

[Raymond is currently away; this message was pre-recorded.]

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