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  •  My five from the 20th century (3+ / 0-)
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    Ender, Troubadour, koNko

    1. Domesticated skunks - hello?
    2. Cryonics - not quite working, unless you're Timothy Leary and your head was preserved for eternity by other means than liquid nitrogen
    3. Fusion - yep. still waiting on this too.
    4. Automated Milking - Icky.
    5. Combat Drones - Really icky.

    •  I don't see the blunders in those. (1+ / 0-)
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      koNko

      Domesticating skunks just makes no sense, but it doesn't hinder anything that does.

      Cryonics doesn't work, but it's the best available approach to a currently impossible demand.  At best you might some day be revived as a severely mentally handicapped person with total or near-total permanent amnesia because the ice crystals had obliterated most of the fine structure of your brain.

      We need fusion, so no matter how well or how poorly we're doing at any given time, we have to keep plugging away at it.  That doesn't mean keep doing the same things that have already failed - obviously look for new approaches - but the goal is an absolute necessity.

      Don't really care about the other two.  Combat drones are just an application of telerobotics technology, not the technology itself, and in no way hinders it.

      Democracy is a habit, not a circumstance.

      by Troubadour on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 09:00:15 PM PDT

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