Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Cincinnati, OH, USA
I beg to differ. If you look at the last 2 centuries, core science and technology has been actually slowing down comparing to 19th and 2/3 of the 20th centuries. Huge leaps in physics, quantum mechanics, and space conquest have been achieved during this time. I think the last 25 years were mostly dominated by improving on old core ideas (internal combustion engine, basic transistor, etc) and only been focusing on miniaturization of components (hence hand-held devices) and consumer-oriented gizmos. If you think about it, a wireless phone, CD player, or a notebook is nothing comparing to world-shuttering Theory of Relativity (early 20th century), men is space (mid-20th century), internal combustion engine (late 19th century), initial use of electricity (19th century), etc.
I think the world has succumbed to consumerism... Hey, look at my bike! It is a marvel of engineering, made... to have fun. In a sense, it is sad. Think about what the great minds that created it could do if they wanted to create something to rock the world with no obvious monitory benefit.