[ExI] extropy-chat Digest, Vol 55, Issue 2
stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Wed Apr 2 20:26:55 UTC 2008
On Tue, Apr 1, 2008 at 9:45 PM, PJ Manney <pjmanney at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 1, 2008 at 11:47 AM, Tom Nowell <nebathenemi at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> > Meanwhile...$500 billion on...everyone's got a pet
> > project that they think would help the world, advance
> > human civilisation, do something amazing - and many of
> > them have far, far smaller pricetags. Sometimes you've
> > got to wonder at the waste of it all.
> Actually, according to Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E.
> Stiglitz and Harvard professor Linda J. Bilmes, that number is $3
> Trillion so far -- and that's supposedly an "excessively conservative"
> estimate. And it's rising.
Why, I have just happened to mention the trivial 10bn price tag of
ITER. And it took a decade and a consortium of ten different
What could we have achieved with 500bn, let alone 3000bn, in the field
of nuclear fusion?
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