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They're on the same aisle with the warp drives and E-Cats. Just ask the greeter to beam you over there.eXpat wrote:Just about time!!!!, Anybody knows where can i get a replicator???, and a holodeck would be nice too
I just checked in Walmart btw, but they doesn't have those
Neal Stephenson worried that the gloomy outlook prevalent in modern science fiction may be undermining the genre's ability to inspire engineers and scientists. Describing himself as a "pessimist trying to turn himself into an optimist," and acknowledging that some of his own work has contributed to the dystopian trend, he added "if every depiction of the future is grim...then it doesn't create much of an incentive to building the future."
Consequently, Stephenson is trying to make a literary course correction, and last year launched the Heiroglyph Project, with the goal of creating an anthology of plausibly optimistic science fiction.
Much of the discussion with editor-in-chief Jason Pontin explored Stephenson's fear that big thinking, of the sort that once drove the space program and other large scale projects, has fallen out of vogue. In part, Stephenson explained, this was because of the Internet: "Everything got put on hold for a generation," while civilization digested the Internet and figured out what it could be used for.
In fact, said Stephenson, we already have much of the fundamental technology we need to fulfill such science fiction ambitions as large scale solar power production, or routine space flight. Instead, he said, we need to start looking at the non-technological obstacles to these advances, citing insurance as a key example. The development of alternative space launch systems has been curtailed by the unwillingness of the insurance industry to underwrite satellite launches on systems for which there is no good model of the risk involved.
vision-master wrote:How about a spiritualy advanced alien race, we could use a little of that, ya think?
Cog wrote:vision-master wrote:How about a spiritualy advanced alien race, we could use a little of that, ya think?
Do they smoke weed?
Make It So - Energy Science Fiction Becoming Science Fact
Cog wrote:Contacting a technologically advanced race is an extremely bad idea. Turn off your SETI program and maybe they won't notice us.
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