The Future Looks Bright…

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The upcoming twenty-fifth anniversary of Donald Fagen’s “The Nightfly”, particularly the opening track, “I.G.Y.,” was brought to mind by some of the recent news and items posted on BrianKaneOnline and elsewhere touching on energy technology, transportation, and space travel:

  • An interesting approach to new battery technology using water (or other liquids) to store an electrical charge for a long time,
  • Shortening the trip to Mars from six months to one week using photonic laser thruster technology,
  • Storing electricity in carbon nanotube batteries that can be implanted, applied as a skin or formed into nearly any shape,
  • Replacing batteries altogether with ultracapacitors that can be recharged in minutes and power
  • Electric vehicles that would get the equivalent of 155 miles per gallon and have a range of 500 miles.

The past has been full of optimism about the future, and full of visions that never came to pass (or took a lot longer than anyone thought).  There is no reason to think that our time is any different, so it is reasonable to suppose that some or all of these will not pan out, or will take longer to realize their promise.  Still…

“What a beautiful world this will be
What a glorious time to be free.”

Even if by ’76 (2076, that is) we’re not quite A-OK.

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