“… it’s just over fifty years since the launch of Sputnik. This event started the “space race,” and led President Kennedy to innaugurate the program to land men on the moon. Kennedy’s prime motive was of course superpower rivalry — cynics could deride it as a stunt. But it was an extraordinary technical triumph — especially as NASA’s total computing power was far less than that of a single mobile phone today.” (my emphasis)
This is how we’re investing our technological capital?
1. Rees M. Science: The Coming Century. The New York Review of Books LV: 41-44, 2008.