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There’s just got to be a way, there’s no way we can just give up.

I’m fairly sure decades ago people assumed we may never have tiny computers in our pockets with the same certainty you have now.

This is what it means to be crazy enough to change the world.

On the other hand, many people assumed we'd have flying cars and colonies on Venus.

Oh, and fusion reactors.


Now that I think of it, there was a lot of variation in predictions of computing. But I would say that it's been pretty common for science fiction to describe technology 30 years out somewhat accurately, probably because it has inspired the actual tech in a self-fulfilling way.

So, in the 40s, a spaceship was envisioned able to carry only calculators and slide rules, with a radio link to a big central computer. That wasn't far off of how things developed in the 60s and 70s. But I think by the 60s and 70s, people were imagining pocket computers and tablets and such and that had a huge effect on people actually designing them when it was possible.

If people’s assumptions tend to be wrong then we can expect to someday have mini quantum computers since people assume they are impossible.

See my addition. My point is that some predictions are right and some are wrong.

> There’s just got to be a way, there’s no way we can just give up.

By no means do I intend to discourage progress! I wouldn't do the work that I do if it wasn't so difficult. I did hedge, a bit: "may never," "foreseeable future," "without major developments."

The fridge is just one major obstacle. There's a plethora of physics, engineering, and mathematical challenges out there impeding progress. Get to work!

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