Collecting solar energy in space
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Are our collective modern imaginations too feeble to attempt something like this?
I suppose Sci. Fi. has ruined this too. Are you thinking death-rays and the like?
What happened to the days when mankind dreamed of a better day and did their best to make it happen?
Look at past revolutionary jumps forward, both a great improvement in information technology (written language, printing press) and energy technology (farming instead of hunting-gathering, steam engine) are needed to move society to a new era. WE have a lot of new information technology but we have a crisis in energy.