It’s pretty easy to be pessimistic about the way things are right now.  Looking ahead to the future, there doesn’t seem to be any major issue facing our country that has an easy solution.  Think about it: the economy, foreign affairs, the health of our citizens, the environment, politics.  We’ve got some big problems, and it’s pretty easy to get disheartened.

But there’s an upside (or at least I have to think there’s an upside – life would be way too depressing otherwise).    Now is an exciting time to be working on this stuff.  There is no clear answer, which means there is hopefully room for innovative, off-the-wall ideas.  I mean, you’ve seen those SMVs.  None of them will be heading out on the roadways anytime soon!  But they can help us change the rulebook we play by.

Early computer

Look familiar? As one of the first computers, probably not. But look where the computer is today!

(Speaking of those hardworking SMVers, the fiberglass molds came out beautifully and they’ll be working on laying out the carbon fiber this weekend.  I should be heading down there to get a full report, so stay tuned!)

It’s really easy to shoot down new ideas when we first hear them.  I do it myself all the time, even if I try not to.  Believing in something, trusting in something means you have to put yourself out there.  You’re opening yourself up to failure and disappointment and probably to mockery if you put your faith in something that didn’t work.  Yet this is the way forward.  It’s murky and messy with no guarantees, but think about how far we’ve come in the last hundred years and what might be possible in the next century if we can ignore the chips on our shoulders and take a chance on something that seems insane.  You’ll probably get burned and lord knows there will be a ton of people ready to pick your bones, but do it anyways, because even if you never see something tangible, even if it seems impossible, one day you’ll cross the line from unimaginable to reality.

And then it will all have been worth it.

Don’t take the simple path.  We all you’re better than that.

Keeping that in mind, we’re going to delve into some pretty unorthodox technologies in the next few days.  Don’t shut it out right away.  Just because things have been done one way for as long as you’ve known them doesn’t mean anything.Hope quote

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