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How do you see Ireland in 2116?

Will the GPO be even there?

Martin Reilly writes:

I’m part of an initiative which is running a national essay competition in conjunction with RTÉ2 called 2116Vision. We are asking people to present their vision of what Ireland will be like in one hundred years time. The winners will be able to direct a short film about their vision which will be shown on RTÉ2 in the Autumn.Our goal is to attract as many entries as possible to get as wide a variety of opinions as possible….

2116 Vision Essay Competition


My feeling is that as far as creativity is concerned, isolation is required. The creative person is, in any case, continually working at it. His mind is shuffling his information at all times, even when he is not conscious of it. (The famous example of Kekule working out the structure of benzene in his sleep is well-known.)
The presence of others can only inhibit this process, since creation is embarrassing. For every new good idea you have, there are a hundred, ten thousand foolish ones, which you naturally do not care to display.

From a recently unearthed, previously unpublished essay from 1959 by scientist and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.

READ ON: Isaac Asimov Mulls “How Do People Get New Ideas?” (Technology Review)