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change how business was done, change how people interacted with each other, change how entire generations were raised
it's just a different method of imaging which X-ray technology had been doing for decades before.
originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
a reply to: alldaylong
So you think the WWW rivals man landing on another planet???
Thanks for playing.
originally posted by: Flyingclaydisk
Here's an interesting thing to ponder about manned spaceflight...
In 1969 it took about 3 days to reach the Moon from Earth. The distance is nominally 252,000 miles (it varies).
In the 50 years since we've been to the Moon mankind has yet to develop a spacecraft which can travel appreciably faster than Apollo did. Yes, some of the probes like Voyager have accelerated themselves to greater speeds using the gravitational pull of other planets like a slingshot, but still they are only traveling in the tens of thousands of miles per hour.
For 50 years we've heard stories about travel at velocities approaching the speed of light, and how it's likely possible. No one has done it yet, but they say it might be possible. Fifty years!
Now, let's look at the Moon shot a little more carefully. The trip to the Moon took 3 days, that's 72 hours or 4,320 minutes. 4,320 minutes equals 259,200 seconds. So in 1960's technology it took 259,000 seconds to travel to the Moon.
Traveling at the speed of light, this journey would take just under one and one half SECONDS! (we won't get into the slowing down part).
And today, 50 years later, if we were able to launch a mission to the Moon it would take...still 3 days.
People talk about progress, about how humans are ingenious beyond description. What's the single greatest technological invention of the human race in those 50 years? The cell phone. What major disease has been cured in the last 50 years? Nothing. Wars still exist, famine still exists, cancer still exists.
Whether mankind actually landed on the Moon in 1969, or if they just went there, isn't really the question. I'm not even sure it's even relevant anymore. What we should really be asking ourselves is why the hell are we not significantly more advanced then what we are??? Look at how many technological leaps happened in the 50 years that preceded 1969, there were tons of them (nuclear power/weapons, disease, etc.), but since 1969? Well, we got...the cell phone...woo-hoo.
I worry we in the West are living in one of the most anti-intellectual time periods since the 16th Century. Some behave like they think Pol Pot and Mao had the right idea.
Yes, we have the ipads from Star Trek
When [Floyd] had tired of official reports, memoranda and minutes, he would plug his foolscap-sized Newspad into the ship’s information circuit and scan the latest reports from Earth. One by one, he would conjure up the world’s major electronic papers. He knew the codes of the more important ones by heart and had no need to consult the list on the back of his pad. Switching to the display’s short-term memory, he would hold the front page while he searched the headlines and noted the items that interested him.
Each had its own two-digit reference. When he punched that, a postage-sized rectangle would expand till it neatly filled the screen and he could read it with comfort. When he finished he could flash back to the complete page and select a new subject for detailed examination
originally posted by: alldaylong
a reply to: Blue_Jay33
Interesting final paragraph.
"Earlier in November, Mr Rogozin revealed plans to start building a base on the moon after 2025, with the project exceeding the US Apollo programme of the 1960s and 1970s in terms of scale. The programme will put its first humans on the moon by 2030 or 2031.