What is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) up to these days?
Whether 2001: A Space Odyssey, Apollo 13, Gravity, Interstellar, The Martian or the forthcoming First Man, Hollywood has piqued movie-going audiences into the vast realities and fantastical possibilities of space.
Sorry, a side note:
The older I get, the more I’m amused at the sheer simplicity of calling the ever-complex and unknown space “space.”
“What’s up there with the infinite stars, planets, moon, sun and all-around cosmic mystery?”
I digress. And so does NASA.
What highly-technical, mind-blowing innovations and life-altering journeys are being planned by NASA for this year and beyond?
Things…on a To-Do list.
Ready. Set. Come with me…
Released today by Warner Bros. Pictures, this newest look into the virtual mega world of the forthcoming Steven Spielberg film (based on the book of the same title by fellow Ohioan Ernest Cline) Ready Player One is being set-up as a spectacularly fun (and prescient?) experience at the movies starting March 29.
While I’ve explored this story’s prescient virtual reality dynamic more extensively in past blog posts, it’s important to be ever-cognizant of pop-culture’s impact and strange acumen at foretelling the future. These cinematic visions can seem surreal in the moment. And yet, when one of these occasional visions comes true, the everlasting magic of cinematic storytelling gets stronger. As seen above, it appears that a healthy combination of strength and imagination are necessities in the places portrayed in Ready Player One.
Where our virtual world and real-life collide for a transformative impact.
P.S. “Pure Imagination” as the background song? Absolute perfection.
In the US, electric cars still make up less than 1 percent of new car sales. The path to 100 percent will be a long one, and the engine won’t cede such ground without a fight.
–As Electric Cars Surge, the Gas Engine Keeps Getting Better, Jack Stewart, WIRED Online
More people today likely know the name Elon Musk than Nikolaus August Otto. While Mr. Musk is believed by some to be the tech and pop-culture heir of sorts to the late Steve Jobs, Mr. Otto paved the way for what is known today as the internal combustion engine way back in the 19th century.
As Tesla’s are being bought and seen on the road, Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s journey of an electric future is still in the crawling phase in many ways. Admittedly, that “1% of new car sales” statistic is surprising. Arguably, Tesla’s car line is evolving as the leader in the promising development of electric cars. Make no mistake that the pursuit of an emissions-free transportation future is admirable and intriguing. Combining a positive environmental impact with a dynamic and exciting product in the free market is a win-win scenario. The all-electric car is an impressive invention that should and will improve in the coming years and decades, along with its necessary and developing infrastructure. And yet, let’s not ignore the realities of society-altering innovations as technology continues to expand into every aspect of our lives, both professionally and personally.
As strange as it may read, we are facing a sophisticated, consequential dilemma with Tesla and its part in an electric transportation future. Will it be as promising and as beneficial as we want it to be? Wherever there’s electricity, there’s a grid that’s inevitably accompanied by a power struggle. Remember that. And in every situation, there are costs and benefits to seriously consider. With that in mind, as Tesla continues to sell and improve its various models one-by-one, let’s take the time to reflect on what the future would be if and when that 99%-1% statistic is one day flipped.
Random question: What are your thoughts on dealing with tech support?
Riding in a Tesla, according to reports, is a smooth and mostly noiseless ride. This is one of the bonuses of an electric engine that doesn’t roar like a Mustang. That is until you hit bumps in the road because there are always bumps in the road. But if we take the time to plan, we can avoid the greatest damage before it’s too late.
We should be equally excited and cautious concerning innovation. Moreover, we should be ready to not just ask when something new will happen, but what happens when it does.
Innovation has a long arc, so we best prepare for that long ride when that new road finally arrives and is here for the long, quiet haul.