On a pretty routine basis these days you’ll hear someone or another say that the only reason we don’t have X is money when the even greater problems are technical. In some cases the things that are being proposed may even be impossible or at least not possible for the foreseeable future. Let’s develop a little collaborative list of such things. I’ll start.
- New antibiotics
- Artificial intelligence
- Better batteries, i.e. smaller, hold more charge, hold charge longer
- Human travel to other solar systems
For the purposes of this list let’s stick to things that are hard from a scientific or technical standpoint not things that are hard from an economic or political standpoint.
This post was inspired by this exchange:
starting about 5:20 in. I think that developing a new antibiotic from a standing start in just ten years is much more difficult than they’re making it sound. I think we’ve already picked the low-hanging fruit and from here on out it will be increasingly difficult to develop new antibiotics that work. Maybe in geometric time.