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Odder  ·  560 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Water is wet, fire is hot and the Solar Roadway is a complete disaster

I think the preposterousness of solar roadways might be why it got so much crowd-funding. Blindly optimistic people often think that those who are dismissive of a new idea are just cynical, since the optimists can remember all the stories of successful technologies that were dismissed by experts when they were first proposed. Of course, they don't hear about most of the dumb ideas that never got any funding. And sometimes, experts are too dismissive of ideas that are only moderately stupid, so there's no language to properly quantify that while expecting a self-sustained fusion reactor in the next five years is dumb, that everything to do with Solar Freakin' Roadways is really, really dumb.