“Your Promised Me Mars Colonies. Instead, I Got Facebook”
If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check out the latest issue of the MIT Technology Review (previously just the Technology Review). It’s about the “big problems” that we haven’t yet solved even though we’ve been talking about them for a long time: poverty, cancer, education, energy, space exploration, stuff like that. The ones we should have been making alot more progress on in the past half century instead of just getting sleeker phones, .99 apps, and social media.
The whole issue is set up in the context of getting to the moon. It was a mammoth problem that JFK tasked NASA with, yet we still got there long before we would have under normal circumstances, all while using sub-ideal technology.
We somehow solved the “moon” challenge in a relatively tiny timeframe, so why not traffic and dementia?
Anyway, it’s got good old Buzz Aldrin on the cover (who contributes a sidebar about why we need to continue to explore) and it’s free to read online, so definitely check it out. And then go solve those problems for us.