Why we got Facebook and not Mars colonies

Why we got Facebook and not Mars colonies

“You Promised Me Mars Colonies,” warns astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the cover of the MIT Technology Review, “Instead, I Got Facebook,” And there, folks, you have the anti-Silicon Valley argument in a nutshell, according to the Review’s editor-in-chief Jason Pontin in his provocative article, “Why We Can’t Solve Big Problems.”

Why? One answer: Because America’s government no longer thinks long-term, no longer invests in Big Problems like landing a man on the moon.

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