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Then and now
Author(s): Arthur Kantrowitz
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Paper Abstract

I treasure the analogy between aging and climbing a mountain. Of course there are differences, mountain climbing is usually voluntary. As you climb a mountain you lose the ground detail but on a clear day broad views of the landscape are visible. The view from the mountain top is sometimes helpful to those working on the ground. I hope that the broad view of the technological landscape I present today will be of some use to those of you still lucky enough to be tilling that landscape. I will refer primarily to the U.S. scene but I believe that the technological landscape is as universal has human nature. To pursue a vision, to survive the trials and tribulations of innovation requires both individual courage and an encouraging environment. When hopes for living in a better world overshadow fears of departing from time tested practice, innovation thrives. I want to talk today about the enthusiasm for technological progress today and compare it with the situation 30 or 40 years ago. Then most of us looked forward eagerly to advances in technology and to the expansions of humanity's horizons these advances would make possible.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 February 2000
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3888, High-Power Lasers in Manufacturing, (7 February 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.377019
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Arthur Kantrowitz, Dartmouth College (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3888:
High-Power Lasers in Manufacturing
Xiangli Chen; Tomoo Fujioka; Akira Matsunawa, Editor(s)

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