AMERICAN NOTES: In Defense of Technology

In his State of the Union message, Richard Nixon only echoed what became a national clicheé moments after Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon 2½ years ago. Said the President: "A nation that can send three people across 240,000 miles of space to the moon should also be able to send 240,000 people three miles across a city to work." In recent years, complaints have mounted that the U.S. has funneled inordinate amounts of money into military and space technology at the expense of problems closer to home. That emphasis, say the critics, has also slowed down...

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