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1970+

A topic by Tony Ennis
  • Great review of the book "Where’s my Flying Car"
  • Points/quotes
    • Coupling between energy+power and technological paradigm shifts is surprisingly tight.
    • Machiavelli Effect - "There is nothing more difficult than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. To have for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders who may do well under the new."
    • R&D Funding may be anti-correlated with quality of life improvements.
    • Clarke's Law - "When a elder preeminent scientist says that something is impossible, he’s probably wrong. When a elder preeminent scientist says something might be possible, he’s probably right."
    • More phDs and more spending on education is probably not the solution.
    • "When people with dim views of the future have power bad things happen."
    • There's a potential correlation between decreasing process knowledge and risk aversion.
3 months ago