Technological Advancement: The Choice Before Us

  • Part of the Global Forecast 2011
    Jun 14, 2011

    Marshall Foch, commander of Allied Forces in World War I, is said to have remarked when he fi rst saw an airplane in 1911, that “airplanes are interesting toys, but of no military value.” Foch, like most others, did not recognize the destructive potential of the new technology or how it would change military and strategic calculations. Had this been predicted to him, he might well have thought of Jules Verne and of science fiction.

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James Andrew Lewis