Sci-fi writer wonders, are we running out of steam for innovation?
|October 1, 2011||Posted by News under Culture, News, Science, Science fiction|
Neal Stephenson, “Innovation Starvation” (World Policy Institute, Fall 2011):
I worry that our inability to match the achievements of the 1960s space program might be symptomatic of a general failure of our society to get big things done. My parents and grandparents witnessed the creation of the airplane, the automobile, nuclear energy, and the computer to name only a few. Scientists and engineers who came of age during the first half of the 20th century could look forward to building things that would solve age-old problems, transform the landscape, build the economy, and provide jobs for the burgeoning middle class that was the basis for our stable democracy.