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They summon and control alien entities called "AIs".They don't always perfectly control those entities. But I can't help but feel, looking at a lot of the media pushback at the moment, that a lot of it is straight-up fantasy novel 101 "Reactions To Wizardry".

About a world which is increasingly splitting into those who can wield magic, those who can pay the magicians, and those who just use the things magic enables.

Because that's the interesting part: whilst Arthur C Clarke's maxim was true, and all advanced technology was arcane and difficult, these problems didn't occur.

And I think that distinction - and the points where Clarke's Third Law does still apply - may explain a lot about why technologists are increasingly becoming hated in many circles.

Magic is arcane - in the original meaning of the world.

This is a guest post by Virtual Reality developer Hugh Hancock, creator of VR horror RPG Left-Hand Path.

I've always had a problem with Arthur C Clarke's Third Law, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.".

My lovely new i Pad is famously intuitive, not a quality one would ascribe to tech that I use.

That's not so much the case for the other technology I interact with.

And they do this by immersing themselves in obscure, difficult learning that on the face of it makes no sense to the average person.

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