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  •  Hey - new technolgies are expensive at first, ok? (3+ / 0-)
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    Quicklund, otto, radical simplicity

    Why should this be any surprise?  When color TV first appeared in 1956, sets started at around $500, which is over $4000 in today's money.   The colors were runny, the sets tended to break down, and there were very few shows being broadcast in color.  They weren't even close to as good as a set you could buy for a few hundred dollars today.    

    The way you develop a new technology is to bring it to the market and let the growth of infrastructure and use experience come into play.   In the case of technologies with a high potential social benefit, such as energy and carbon emissions savings, some support from society at large can help speed this process.  

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