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Old 03-14-2018, 05:09 AM
 
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Frankly, you'd have to be an idiot to think that technological advancement has halted in the last 20 years.

20-25 years ago, "internet" for the masses was AOL and 56k dialup. A phone call other than across town was expensive. If you wanted to buy anything, you had to actually drive to a store and you usually paid full retail price. You watched television on a small square tube. The examples are endless.
He or she was saying that progress was remarkable and steadily upward not that it halted.

I donít believe that thereís some magic cure to cancer being held back because of milking money off of patients. The company that created cures to cancer and took it to market would have plenty of economic incentives. Not to mention the company and individuals involved would become legends in the history of humanity.
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Old 03-14-2018, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Syracuse, New York
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Wormhole bridges between home and employer. People could work in the most productive cities and live in the most affordable cities.
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Old 03-14-2018, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Wormhole bridges between home and employer. People could work in the most productive cities and live in the most affordable cities.
As in telecommuting?
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Old 03-14-2018, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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He or she was saying that progress was remarkable and steadily upward not that it halted.

I donít believe that thereís some magic cure to cancer being held back because of milking money off of patients. The company that created cures to cancer and took it to market would have plenty of economic incentives. Not to mention the company and individuals involved would become legends in the history of humanity.
The problem with cancer is that it is not just one disease, it is dozens. Some of them can be treated effectively, some not. In any case, I have trouble equating cancer treatment with prosperity, since it is expensive and wrecks your life. Something as simple as a permanent universal flu vaccine would be as helpful and may actually be a reality in a decade or so. After that they can go for a cold cure. I have heard that once you catch a strain of the common cold you are immune for life. The problem is that there are more than 500 strains circulating. It's why you come down with a cold when you travel - you are more likely to encounter a strain you are not immune to.

Some inventions really are being suppressed by government action. Golden Rice is a good example. It has the potential to save millions of children a year from blindness and death, but Greenpeace has convinced governments it is evil.
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Old 03-16-2018, 08:02 AM
 
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The problem with cancer is that it is not just one disease, it is dozens. Some of them can be treated effectively, some not. In any case, I have trouble equating cancer treatment with prosperity, since it is expensive and wrecks your life. Something as simple as a permanent universal flu vaccine would be as helpful and may actually be a reality in a decade or so. After that they can go for a cold cure. I have heard that once you catch a strain of the common cold you are immune for life. The problem is that there are more than 500 strains circulating. It's why you come down with a cold when you travel - you are more likely to encounter a strain you are not immune to.

Some inventions really are being suppressed by government action. Golden Rice is a good example. It has the potential to save millions of children a year from blindness and death, but Greenpeace has convinced governments it is evil.
Technology and inventions related to energy are some of the most suppressed by Govt. I can understand why too, IF Teslas power distribution system was used and put in place in every city in the country, it would devastate the energy industry and all the jobs it supports and eventually cripple the global economy.

At this stage we still need industries, people need to have jobs to make money, they need to buy power and fuel, if these things were free or very cheap to access, it cannot support a large industry behind it.

I think this explains why Tesla was the last person we saw, that was coming up with great inventions and ideas like this, such a person creating those things today would be extremely dangerous.
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Old 03-16-2018, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Tesla was a nut case who didn't understand the inverse square law. His power transmission scheme would have been an environmental catastrophe that would have fried anyone within a mile of the transmitter. He was long dead when Bell Labs invented the transistor, or Kernigan and Richie invented UNIX. There wasn't even a mechanical cotton picker until after WWII.
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Old 03-16-2018, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Intellectual property laws lneed to be revisited. Funny how intellectual property is never the properthy of an intellectual, but of a huge corporation that uses it as a tool to obstruct competition.

The whole internet generation was made possible by people who ignored intellectual property laws and created freeware. Without freeware, we would not be here talking to each other. Juist a few rich people plotting more get rich schemes.

Intellectual property protection does not foster growth and expansion, it retards it.
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Old 03-16-2018, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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TI think this explains why Tesla was the last person we saw, that was coming up with great inventions and ideas like this...
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Tesla was a nut case who didn't understand the inverse square law.
Tesla contributed enormously to technology... until he was about 26. Between the development of AC theory and the railroad safety brake, he would have a high place in the pantheon. Nearly everything that followed was... the equivalent of alchemy. Some things that 'worked' but only based on completely nonsensical understanding.

Cheney's book deified him and the geek squad has never looked back.
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Old 03-17-2018, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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You used to get rich inventing things. Now the Chinese just steal ideas, make the products for a fraction of the cost, and reap all the rewards. This is why nobody wants to invest the time, money and effort to invent anything.
We just want to invent smartphone apps then sell it to Google or FB and become billionaires overnight.
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Old 03-17-2018, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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We just want to invent smartphone apps then sell it to Google or FB and become billionaires overnight.
The dream of the 20-somethings who grew up on the stories of the first generation to do that. It hasn't really worked since the collapse of the first tech boom. Yes, there are a few lottery winners, but it's a pale shadow of when everyone got a winning ticket with their VC. Or at least a really, really cool workplace that did away with all those, you know, rules and organized things and desks.
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