"Man hears of the dragon's invulnerable skin and, lo, he makes armor, battleships, tanks! A fairy flies and, furiously jealous, man himself defies gravity with machines he will call aeroplanes. A magician looks into his crystal ball and sees and hears halfway across the world. "Ah," says man, "if only it could be so." And centuries from now he conjures up miracles, but calls them radio and television. If man is to surmount the insurmountable, there must always be magic to inspire him. The world needs magic! Magic cannot die..."
you'll notice that all those inventions were built for war.
Not Aeroplanes. Yeah, they were used for war, but the first Aeroplanes were built by two dumb fucks with more balls than sense in their back yard.
My cold hand of science will easily defeat your magical powers.
IF I SEE KAMINA'S FACE ONE MORE TIME...
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Tl;dr: ROW ROW FIGHT THE POWER.
Fuck, now I'm making Kamina parallels to the Wright Brothers in my head.
WHAT HAS SCIENCE DONE?!
Is this from Harry Potter? Seriously, first time reading this.
Its funny because it's true.
But the airplane really found it's neiche and was developed into the modern aircraft that we know of today because of war.
Large multi engine/metal skined/jet powered aircraft. All of them were made first for war and subsequently passenger jets were created.
Like wise the radio wasn't a war invention, but it's wide spread use is definitly attributed to war.
In the past, it worked as a good reason to convince idiots to fund and support research. Fortunately, humanity has now evolved beyond requiring conflict for scientific progress.
>humanity has now evolved beyond requiring conflict for scientific progress
Disagree. See: America
No we haven't, and we never will.
eh they're still cranking out ideas, just not as much as they used to
Most of the inventions these days aren't really applicable for war.
Where's that quote from?
It's from Flight of Dragons, an animated film from 1982.
Here's the relevant portion: http://youtube.com/watch?v=BwhIDTRBdA4
Wow such a bad-assed quote came from such a gay looking movie.
is the movie any good?
The major contemporary technologies are generally products in anticipation of conflict or "for defense". The X prizes and robotic engineering in general would be the most blatant cases currently.
It was epic and awesome. The animation was sort of wonky, but...man. Awesome.
Most information technology wasn't. DVDs, LCDs, 45nm processors, and all that stuff wouldn't have an immediate military application.
The Internet, the ultimate information technology was first developed for the military. The first satellites were military satellites. The first computers were used for breaking codes.
That is true - but that all happened 50 years ago when people were less open to new ideas and whatnot. Take the LHC. I'm not sure I'd nominate it as the greatest creation of mankind thus far, but it's pretty damn impressive. As far as I know, there is almost no military application (in the near future) for the sort of data they'll get from it.
The terrorists find a way to induce cancer is the day we find a cure for it.
What's wrong with that? That would mean it would become a threat to the existence of humanity. Of course we'd invest every possible resource into it.
But until then it isn't important enough? Humans are pitiful, they're only worried about something when it's right in front of them. They always complain about people suffering in third world countries, but they never feel the need to do something about it themselves. Humanity is nothing more than a parasite leeching off the Earth.
I'd rather worry about the fire in my house than the one next door. When I put out thiis fire, then I'll go do something about the fire next door, or the bomb in my garage.
Something always comes up that demands our attention, even if it's not important it will be pressing.
Why is it more pressing? Because you're in danger? You're more important than others? If you'd just realize you're all equally worthless, the world would be a better place.
Of course it's important. But not important enough to devote all our resources to it. If man spent all his time trying to extend his life, we wouldn't get very far.
You're trying to say why bother? Well, with that attitude, we're not even parasites, why bother caring about the world.