A snippet that happens to dovetail with my own views and therefore will be quoted uncritically.

Tyler also gets it wrong by suggesting we raise the status of scientists. It is engineers and business innovators more generally, whose status needs a boost. Scientists already claim too much credit for social innovation – they have little to do with most of it. Tyler also doesn’t mention over-regulation, a huge barrier to innovation.

This point cannot be made loudly or frequently enough. It might be that we prefer our modern world of rounded corners and calls to the EMS for routine chest pains.

But, understand why we don’t have the world Popular Science promised us. We don’t have it because its illegal.

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