Technology, Lewis and Tolkien

(Second send)

Ah, Manuel, I rarely disagree with you but in this case, I don’t think it was the technology that went backwards with the Concorde but that it was directing that technology towards one measure, speed, without also directing the technology towards fuel efficiency and the other capacities which are at least equally important in the commercial air travel industry.

So it was not a failure of technology per se but a failure of a more holistic application of multiple technologies towards the manufacture of an airplane meant for public transportation (as opposed to space exploration).

And I hope the story about Tolkien is true but, in some way, we all paid for the Concorde as we do for most everything that is made in this world.



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