(3) The origin of a family of quotes including this variant apparently goes back to 1963 and Dennis Gabor, a Nobel prize-winning physicist (holography), who said, "we cannot predict the future, but we can invent it." The quote has proven widely popular since, as attested by attempts to attribute it to Abraham Lincoln, one of the gold standards for quotable wisdom.
One of the first members of our Society was Nobel Prize-winning physicist Dennis Gabor. Gabor wrote a book entitled Inventing the Future, which argued that, while we can't predict the future, we can invent it.
In 1946, Dennis Gabor, a Hungarian-born electrical engineer and winner of the 1971 Nobel Prize for contributions to the principles underlying the science of holography, published his now-famous paper "Theory of Communication." (2) In his paper, Gabor proposed that any signal could be expressed as a weighted summation of time-shifted and frequency-modulated (shifted in the frequency domain) Gaussian functions.