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Thursday, February 04, 2010

President Obama's JFK Moment

I was honored to meet Buzz Aldrin about a possible book project almost twenty years ago, and was struck by his brilliance...but also by the sense that he was an incredible dynamo spinning at incredible speed, but not hooked to any particular purpose. Must have been an incredible let-down returning from the moon and not having any equivalent goals to motivate him. Since that time he seems to have found that purpose, those goals, and I am delighted for him. I am insufficiently current on space program thinking to have an opinion about his opinion here...but boy oh boy, he is NOT a guy in a diner when it comes to our extraterrestrial future.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost


Anonymous said...

I truly believe that we have reached the point where technology has become one with our lives, and I am 99% certain that we have passed the point of no return in our relationship with technology.

I don't mean this in a bad way, of course! Ethical concerns aside... I just hope that as the price of memory drops, the possibility of uploading our memories onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It's a fantasy that I daydream about almost every day.

(Posted on Nintendo DS running [url=]R4i SDHC[/url] DS FFOpera)

Anonymous said...

Aldrin's certainly as qualified to have that opinion as any man I know, and he's not alone -- even somebody like Rand Simberg, who's been scathingly critical of Obama on other issues, thinks that Obama got this one right, and doesn't agree with other Obama critics.

One of my oldest friends is working at JPL on the Orion crew module. I hate seeing his work on this get defunded. But I have to suspect that Aldrin and Simberg, and Obama, have a point.

--Erich Schwarz