If we had found better ways to unlock the vast stores of energy that we know are lurking inside the nuclei of atoms, we'd have those flying cars and Mars colonies and everything people thought we'd have back in the 50s (OK, the Economist doesn't say that, but it's true).When did we lose this ambition and can we get it back?
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Something that Mark and I have been talking about is how much less audacious we have been (as a country) since the 1950's. Back then there was a real sense of inevitable progress and an idea that there were great accomplishments lurking around the corner. Noah Smith weighs in with an example of this: