IMO we're waiting for the invention of compact high output energy sources before we can do anything really productive. That's coming. I might actually see it in my lifetime. It might be something like completely self contained thorium reactors or it might be legitimate fusion systems. Who knows. Once energy production… » 1/23/15 11:47am Friday 11:47am

2001 wasn't just Kubrick's greatest achievement, it was one of cinema's greatest achievements. It is timeless. There are a few scenes like in the space station where the garb and fashion point a huge finger at the decade it was made, but that quickly fades. » 1/23/15 12:12pm Friday 12:12pm

That's amazing. I didn't think the human nervous system could be that fast and precise at the same time. It seems to me that if he can do this with a bow, then someone who uses a gun should be able to have the same kind of control and speed. Maybe Hollywood movies aren't so misleading. It's just that no one wants to… » 1/23/15 12:04pm Friday 12:04pm

re: slower than expected. Twentieth century war, revolution, and the cold war set all of humanity back ten or twenty years I imagine. A ton of time, resources, and money were blown on conflict. I think we are actually about to hit a power curve. With the advent of GaN semiconductors, exotic materials, computational… » 1/22/15 11:03pm 1/22/15 11:03pm