Core memory was just coming down from $1/bit to $0.10/bit, and it would be $0.01/bit soon. Tape was (and still is) king for bulk offline data.
Keeping down memory usage and getting LOTS of functionality for each cycle and byte was paramount.
Cobol programmers (replace with Fortran, C, C++, Java, Easyout, RPG, APL, RPG II, Snobol, etc, etc) programmers weren't concerned unless they hit a 'wall'. The wall that assembler geeks hit every day. So unless you write assembly and poop core dumps, you aren't a 'real programmer',
Fast forward to today. We whine of only 32G on our phone that has more processing power than mainframes of yore. We use 90+% of computing power on 'human interface issues' rather than addressing the problem being solved. Programmers do program without ever knowing what the hardware is let alone how it works (even to the digital level, let alone electronics - the discussion that ALL ELECTRONICS IS ANALOG is an argument for another day).
IMHO, this is not all bad. It does turn out programmers that don't think of limitations, they just drive to possibilities (that is a good thing). Embedded systems geeks are the new low level programmers (programming closer to the metal) than most programmers today.
Not all CompSci 'professionals' are scientists. I have a CS degree from 30+ years ago. I am more of a programmer, and long ago gave up bemoaning the 'real' programmer wars. But not all programmers do, or should, program at all levels (hardware wise). Micro-controller and embedded device programmers are doing more with less than ever. Smaller and cheaper electronics make that possible. Uber-power CPUs and cheap memory allow programmers at higher levels to not worry about those resources.
Todays 'restrictions' seem to have more to do with the 'size of your pipe to the internet' and the amount of super-fast-bulk-storage you can get use effectively. From my old days, hainveg 16T of data in my hall closet that I waste space on just to watch yet another episode of a time wasting TV show is unthinkable. Having more CPU power in my android phone than on my desktop or laptop seems odd too.
What I find scary is how we are 'surprised' when an 'enemy' slips in a few hundred thousand more transistors onto chips we have them build internet routers with and don't even recognize it for a long time. (You can do the looking up the articles on why the NSA, DOD, CIA, and other TLA organizations are not using some routers coming from China and other places.). We ignore the details of the resources (equipment, fuels, etc) we use because we want it fast and cheap.
But I digress. We don't need as many 'real computer scientists' as we are generating degrees for. We need more systems analysts, designers, and coders. We will have, and need SOME computer scientists. They do the esoteric research, blaze trails that I can't begin to imagine. I am sure there is a modern day Lady Ada, Bool, Babbage, Touring, etc out there. We all don't need to be them, but we do need some REAL explorers in the field that do more than play video games and build internet toasters.
So life goes. Just try to figure it out.
It seems like companies only want to go for home runs. Niche markets tend to be ignored.
These folks are just closing the loop before it goes on down stream.
Anyone that only wants 'fresh' water, better stop using anything but rain water. Rain water has also been 'recycled' but it has gone to steam separating 'impurities' from the water, just like a distilled water still does by leaving it's impurities in the bottom of the boiler.
I don't think that, given your chosen example of climate change, is separated along 'party lines', or even conservative vs liberal. it comes down to more big gov't solutions and being 'forced' into one reality while not seeing the corresponding benefit and expansion of related individuals rights. The 'rights' of the majority does not trump the rights of the minority.
I don't believe the problem is selling climate change. I think the problem is selling the solutions. You want me to not burn coal, don't tax it into oblivion, build thorium reactors (like the US Gov ran at Oak Ridge for over 10 years), or other similar solutions. Solar and wind are good, but they can't cover the entire energy deficit. Want to have more electric vehicles, give incentives for more of them (give the incentives to the customers, not to the manufacturers). Restart industrial metals production in the US (one day we will no be able to import strategic metals if we step on someones political toes. Russia has the US over a barrel with no access for man in space since we ticked them off recently, so we need to get on the stick to get US based transport to space!)
Conservatives tend to be for less central government, more for individuals and even states rights, and more conservative economically than socially.
I plan on collecting social security. But I planned so that my wife and I will be OK if Social Security is NOT there, but I find it totally unfair to tax me so that I must pay for others poor personal preparation. I am not against Social Security, I am against putting so many additional programs under it and using the SS Trust Fund to pay for them. Social Security was actuarially (mathematically) based for many years, but as it has been 'touched' for additional social programs, the mathematical / actuarial basis was removed. SS is now 'just a tax', and we are not taxing enough if we want to keep SS alive as the program we now know it.
The idea is to eventually (in 65 or so years) to get the Government out of Social Security, and for retirees to have enough money to pay for their own retirements effectively. Those who get non-contributory social security benefits needs to come from the general fund (helping the young, blind, bereavement benefits, etc)
For any social tax or social program, the government does not pay for ANYTHING. Only tax payers do. Taxing tax payers beyond their ability to to support the programs is the government being a 'poor parasite'. Even in biology parasites live WITH their host. If the host gets sick or dies, the parasite dies too. A good parasite makes it a symbiotic relationship, where the host and the parasite both gain from the relationship, making the whole greater than the corresponding parts. But it requires first for the host to survive.
Enough for now, but I think you get the idea. -- I think we all want the US to be strong and looked up to in the world. We all want a good environment, education for our kids, and to treat everyone right. The only difference is in the road we think we need to take to get there.
I am trying to vote for politicians that are reasonable, will look for was to SOLVE issues, and not be idealogs on any particular issue. Compromise was once defined as the process where no-one gets everything they want, but both get some of that they want and at least what they need.
I want statesmen in government that know how to compromise with reason, and for the right reasons, even if I don't agree with them.
To you face, I was always treated well (OK, one company was so flagrant that I should have reported to EEOC, but that is another story - and it was a large company that knows better).
Such is life. My suggestion is: stash away all the money you can so you can plan on living on 3% to 5% per year of you invested capital (not counting home, cars, etc). Once you get enough available ($50K or so) get some professional help to make it grow. Money isn't everything but life without it is the pits.
Even as a young IT recruit in my 20's, I saw how having a diverse staff (racially, gender, and age) added to the abilities and the capabilities of the staff. Rather it gave different perspectives and abilities to the team. I saw discrimination as an anglo when living in ElPaso and wasn't welcome to go to a public restaurant in downtown near the building where I worked. When living there, I didn't see discrimination except at that one place but even that was disturbing.
When growing up in the '60s I never understood how the folks that said they discriminated against felt. With that little taste, it helped me have more empathy. Now aging, I find it as reprehensible as ever, no matter what form it takes. I just pray I didn't discriminate against others, and I taught my kids not to be a perpetrator of this psychological disease.
Yes, age discrimination is illegal and, IMHO, immoral, but it is the fact of life. Just decide how you will deal with it when the time comes.
A bit more education should be 'cross trained' for digital appreciation of analog, and for some analog engineer appreciation of digital. Real life in the 21st Century needs both.
IMHO, development is anything with under 5 years to market time horizon, research is longer. Basic research tends to be 10 to 50 years or more to get an idea to the stage where it can be used in development. But those are just my 'rules of thumb'. There are always exceptions, except when there are not