Thursday, April 19, 2012

Neal Stephenson on Science Fiction, Building Towers 20 Kilometers High ... and Insurance - Technology Review

Full interview to be published in September here
"In fact, said Stephenson, we already have much of the fundamental technology we need to fulfill such science fiction ambitions as large scale solar power production, or routine space flight. Instead, he said, we need to start looking at the non-technological obstacles to these advances, citing insurance as a key example. The development of alternative space launch systems has been curtailed by the unwillingness of the insurance industry to underwrite satellite launches on systems for which there is no good model of the risk involved. Turning to the audience of mostly MIT students, Stephenson said "maybe some of you people need to go into the insurance industry instead of writing code."
The response was nervous laughter."
Neal Stephenson on Science Fiction, Building Towers 20 Kilometers High ... and Insurance - Technology Review
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