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  •  You have a point. (2+ / 0-)
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    Visceral, PatriciaVa

    I just really, really hate that point, because you're basically describing an aviation Dark Age.

    Pour yourself into the future.

    by Troubadour on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 04:01:08 PM PST

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    •  invent something new to do (2+ / 0-)
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      Simplify, Troubadour

      History suggests that the ambition often comes before the technology and spurs its creation and development.  People are surprisingly willing to brute force their way into the future with yesterday's technology (we went to the Moon with slide rules), but once the thing becomes established and routine, priorities change.  Commercial air travel is plateauing and might strategically regress because there's no upside to the higher technology.

      Maybe what that means is that the future of supersonic jets isn't in commercial air travel, but something we haven't thought up yet  The biggest plans for space grew out of a desire to facilitate global communications (and military intelligence) ... then some smartass invented the microchip and satellites got super cheap, so no need for big space stations and the infrastructure necessary to build and supply them.  Today, the cutting edge of space is not governments and megacorps doing their big serious things, but rich nerds fired by boyhood fantasies.

      The future isn't going to happen for yesterday's reasons.

      Something's wrong when the bad guys are the utopian ones.

      by Visceral on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 04:17:42 PM PST

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