Call me aging, call me a man who ditched engineering for management – call me anything!
As a teenager growing up in India, running short of gardening space and water, I was very excited about Terra-forming of Mars and Titan. I had not heard of Terra-forming of Venus and the world did not consider Terra-forming of Europa. Exoplanets were unheard of altogether.
Many years back, I had convinced my then employer to buy an (rather) expensive but proven tool for bug prevention. Unfortunately it required to carry out the work in slightly different way. Guess what? I am still licking wounds from that disaster.
None even paid me for *implementing* (not imagining, I mean) a networking testing strategy which I’d name “combinatorial detonation”. This strategy discovered a lot of problems without having to write many test cases! This saved money right in hand but my salary did not increase by a single penny.
So I started reviewing my wonders for much less resources, scope, time and “systemic disruption”. Then came a sudden realization – Terra-forming? Who pays these guys?
Was I, with an H1-B, at a disadvantage compared to Carl Sagan? Was not being a professor such a mistake?
Probably there are two Americas. And I doubt whether Carl Sagan’s America would survive longer.
In my case, wonder about ability to change through technology alone ended with the burst of 2001.
Hope of bringing positive, lasting change in human life through technology with prudent marketing is setting fast with prolonging of economic disaster of 2008.
The only surprise is that hope outlived wonder.
And half-humorously speaking, Green guys have almost convinced me that anything I will do will doom killer whales and tigers.
I was reading “I, Robot” by Isaac Asimov. Man, there is no consideration about anything green in there! The Vice President of Tropical Areas took pride in thinning jungles!
I know wonder and hope win in long run over pragmatism and wisdom.
My question to my readers is, given the economic despair, do you think they will in our life time?