Monday, June 21, 2004
I thought this website was interesting: Retrofuture. Still, exponential technological and scientific growth continues unabated, if perhaps not in the directions people had predicted several decades ago. Along more tradiationally awe-inspiring lines, today Scaled Composites launched a man into space (barely, but an excellent start) with only 20 million in start-up capital, and they're looking pretty good for winning the X-prize. They have much more ambitious plans in the works as well, including eventually leaving the earth's gravity well entirely. Also, IBM's Blue Gene prototypes are crawling up the top 500 supercomputer list.