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Comment Re:We'll ALWAYS be dissapointed (Score 1) 499

Boring? Wasn't that the period when they cracked the human genome, and boy bands roamed the earth? -Professor Hubert Farnsworth

Truly, to suggest the times we live in are boring is rather amazing to me.

Sure, people might be a disappointed at first. Much like a child that wanted a bright new shiny toy and instead got a book instead. They read the book and a whole new world opens up for them. Ideas pour into their head and change their life, placing them on a path towards a rich and rewarding life. The shiny toy is not even remembered years later.

Organ replacements are now a common place. the most common cancers people recover from most of the time.I can get my vision corrected to better than 20/20. Stems cells are being used in cutting edge medicine. If I have a little bit of extra cash to burn I can get a printout of all my genes. I now can keep in nearly effortless contact with anyone I care to. I can make life long friends with nearly anyone on the planet, never meeting them in person but knowing much about their day to day life. I have effortless access to more information than can be comfortably understood by someone 60 years ago. I can be as informed as most heads of state from that era. I can translate for free entire documents from one language to another anywhere my phone has a connection.We connect people better now than at any time in history. We can now share our thoughts and feelings - the very essence of who we are - faster and better with more people than were alive 60 years ago. I now have the potential power that, with the right thought, I can change the world.

And you think they would be bored?


Submission + - The US is losing its lead in patents (businessweek.com)

adityamalik writes: "A workplace newsletter refers to this businessweek article and reports:

In 2008, for the first time, the US Patent & Trademark Office issued more patents to overseas inventors than to Americans.
US inventors received 92,000 patents in 2008, down 1.8 percent from 2007 and a rise of just 1.4 percent since 1998.
In contrast, patents issued to foreigners rose 4.5 percent (to 93,244) in 2008, a 28.6 percent increase since 1998.
The rest of the world is expected to continue to widen its lead over the United States as investment in manufacturing and R&D continues to grow faster in emerging markets in the coming years.

Not unexpected, not surprising, just another little signpost on the way things are headed in the future."

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. -- Ambrose Bierce