[ExI] Hard Takeoff
stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Sun Dec 5 13:54:59 UTC 2010
On 5 December 2010 14:04, John Grigg <possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Stefano wrote:
>> Thus, a static Brave New World scenario would seem at least possible,
>> or even probable.
> But the American military-industrial complex is a juggernaut of
> research programs for those subjects that it considers within it's
> defined interests.
In fact, I suspect business, corporate-level competition to be a poor
substitute for international, community-level competition in terms of
technological accelerating factors. In this respect, real or perceived
outside threats may be one's best chance to see a little public funds
devoted to cutting-edge research rather than to appeasing the
different constituencies of the political classes in power...
We may like it or not, but it is undeniable that allegedly
military-relevant research programmes are in a less comatose state, at
least in the US, than the rest.
In Europe, we cannot even console ourselves with that.
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