A Quantum Leap?

     On our recent trip to Missouri, we stopped to look at some friend’s ‘new’ 1936 Buick sedan — a beautiful automobile.  It has an inline 8 cylinder reciprocating engine, using gasoline as fuel. It rides on pneumatic, air inflated rubber tires. It is stylishly aerodynamic. The doors have a solid thunk when closing.  All in all, it truly a classic car. 

     As I stood there admiring the vintage Buick, I glanced over at   my 2015 Toyota Sienna. I realized even with a technological span of 80 years. there were more similarities than differences between the two.

     My Toyota has a V-6 reciprocating engine with gasoline as fuel. It has air-inflated rubber tires.  The brakes, suspension, and steering mechanism are similar.  There have been many improvements and innovation over the 80 years— but no quantum leap in automotive technology.

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     In contrast, I call your attention to the Dick Tracy comic strip — written by Chester Gould and first published in 1931.  In 1946, the author added  some innovative technology to the detective’s armamentarium — the 2-Way Wrist Radio.   This fictional device became the defining icon of the comic strip and may have inspired the smart watches and smart phones in common use today.  Truly a quantum leap in electronic technology.

     Some folks claim GMO and GE technology is a quantum leap in agricultural science and I guess they are right.  Seems to me, though, it’s a quantum leap in reverse. The false technology does nothing to  relieve world hunger — as it was touted to do —  and has added million of pounds of toxic pesticides to the environment. It has replaced good healthy food with toxic ‘frankenfood’ that looks like food but has lower nutritive value.  

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