Roy Amara was a researcher, scientist and past president of the Institute for the Future. Born in Boston 1925, he has also worked at Stanford Research Institute. He held a BS in Management, an MS in the Arts and Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering. He died in 2007. He is possibly best known for the quotation "We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.", which was paraphrased by Robert X. Cringely, and is sometimes known as Amara's Law.
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