How about some context?
No doubt there is still a long way to go but perhaps we will see something really big in our lifetimes?
I'm sure the guy who conceived of the concept of atomic fission did not envisage wiping out Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Enrico Fermi actually worked very hard to create that bomb.
My history is weak, but I thought the idea of fission had emerged before Fermi?...R
The discovery later earned Otto Hahn the 1944 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Arguably as important as any award or prize, was Hahn's, Meitner's and Strassman's staunch refusal to be involved in the development of nuclear weapons, which their discovery had made possible. They also declared their fierce opposition to the use of nuclear technologies for military purposes. Many technological advances, from computing to flight to dynamite have been used to enable more deadly, more destructive weapons, but the discoverers of nuclear fission were adamant that their finding had its great potential in its peaceful applications.
Oh ok, yeah I don't know if he dreamed up the original idea or not, but he was certainly the one who made it go.
But in 1319, people still had the Black Death to look forward to.
... I don't believe humans are any happier at the end of 2019 than they were at the end of 1319. And I don't think they will be any happier at the end of 2039 - even assuming there have not been 3 wars before then....R
There are a lot more people alive now than in 1319 and think the overall level of happiness is greater today. Back in 1319 life must have been pretty much a short, hand to mouth, drudge of an existence.
There are some challenges on the horizon before 2039, notably climate change and disease. For the most part wars are a minor issue.
Back in 1319 life must have been pretty much a short, hand to mouth, drudge of an existence.