A comic: A girl, a cat and a blue alien with tentacles and one big eye are sitting comfortably on a yellow sofa. Girl: You really don't know of any way to get an unlimited supply of cheap energy? Alien: Nope. Sorry. Um... are you OK? Girl: I'm fine. I just... *sigh* This probably sounds silly but... I always thought there was no limit to, you know, technological progress. To what we could achieve. Alien: That's not silly, it's true. There are no limits. Girl: But you just said... Alien: But technology isn't about making something out of nothing. It's about gaining a deep understanding of the physical world, and using that understanding to re-direct flows of energy and matter that make your life better.

Go nuclear part 4: On the meaning of technology

A comic: A girl, a cat and a blue alien with tentacles and one big eye are sitting comfortably on a yellow sofa. Girl: You really don't know of any way to get an unlimited supply of cheap energy? Alien: Nope. Sorry. Um... are you OK? Girl: I'm fine. I just... *sigh* This probably sounds silly but... I always thought there was no limit to, you know, technological progress. To what we could achieve. Alien: That's not silly, it's true. There are no limits. Girl: But you just said... Alien: But technology isn't about making something out of nothing. It's about gaining a deep understanding of the physical world, and using that understanding to re-direct flows of energy and matter that make your life better.

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