> live in a technological wonderland of pocket computers that can communicate with people on the other side of the globe, electric cars some of which will soon drive themselves, food being so cheap and secure that being fat is now a sign of being poor, where wars happen in far off lands and exist only as new reports for most, where many deadly diseases are eradicated and others are curable with over the counter medicine and world class educations are available for free on the aforementioned global communication device
> why is everything shit now. 50 years ago was much better
It's actually been brought to my attention that a lot of technology doesn't seem to have improved since the early 70s:
The last man on the moon left in 1972.
SR 71 Blackbird, first built in 1972, about the time we put the last man on the moon had a Cruising Speed of mach 3.2, ceiling of 85000 feet, and a range of 3200 nautical miles. Today's F-35 lightning II has mach 1.6, ceiling 60000 feet, and range 1200 nautical miles. The Chinese have promised the Chengdu J-20, which is mach 2.8, ceiling 60000 feet, range 1830 miles.
The twin towers, completed in 1970-71, had one hundred and ten habitable stories. The top habitable floor of Freedom Tower, the replacement to the Twin Towers is labeled floor 104, actually only has 94 habitable floors.
We stopped making Pu238 in 1988. You need Pu238 for nuclear batteries. The 2006 New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper belt was launched without enough Pu238 to keep all its equipment live during the Pluto flyby, and without enough Pu238 to do its Kuiper belt mission.
>>590635 I'd largely blame those reductions on scope on a lack of a grandiose ideological battle being fought in technological achievements. It's harder to justify the cost of a space rocket today than it was in the 1970s.
>>590154 the internet is not that great. it would be, if people suddenly all behaved like they had the library of alexandria at their finger tips. but people seem to be dumb as ever and use the internet for memes and sharing worthless information via social media. information has increased but not knowledge. its as big a deal as tv, which is some neat little toy, nothing great.
>>591091 Seriously, you're really good at baselessly looking down on humanity. Plenty of humans use it as you desire it, and even if they didn't, that's not bad, the concept of the entire world connected and united, everyone contributing knowledge and ideas together, it should ideologically AND pragmatically please anyone more than reaching a milestone on how high we can jump
The vast majority of those are developed outside the west. The early 70s saw a shift in technological advancement from Western civilization to areas peripheral to Western civilization.
Dubai and Singapore make the tallest buildings. The South-East develop the groundbreaking technology: robotics, blue light semiconductor tech, e-ink, you name it. Russian air to air fighters can fly faster, fly higher, are more maneuverable, and carry more ordinance than American air to air fighters.
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