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The Technological Wavefront

The Technological Wavefront

Magic often happens where ostensibly very different disciplines finally meet.

Ancient people had phenomenal technology before science was even formally invented: They had Antibiotics, hormonal birth control, wind-powered air conditioning, and built structures still extant today by processes we cannot fathom.

Roman concrete is still more durable than what we can produce today.

They were able to apply incredibly thin metallic films to objects comparable to electroplating or vapor deposition today, and were reliably working with nanoparticles 50 nanometres in diameter, in techniques we have yet to understand.


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Pragmatic Optimism

Pragmatic Optimism

It's easy to be cynical, and to sneer at exuberance and deride it as irrational.

We don't have flying cars, but we have something better. We don't have moon bases yet, but we have developed the means access to space at 100th the cost. Our robotic butlers are extant, if ethereal in the Cloud.

Even ten years ago it would have been conceivable to write such developments off as infeasible. If the engineers behind such great chains of innovation had abandoned the hope of accomplishing these feats, we would be robbed of them.


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