Dispatches from District 48
The world can't be that bad of a place if the money and nervous energy of several billionaires has been channeled into competing with each other at space travel.
But just think about how many more Gender/Women/Racial (etc.) Studies degrees we could have funded with all that money!
Origin of Bill Gates interest in computers, apparently it started in high school....can Steve Jobs beat that?
Those degrees might not be a good career move...
"Minimum-wage offensive could speed arrival of robot-powered restaurants"
I studied women in college, it just wasn't my declared major. I mean electronics and computer science look better on a resume, but I took a real personal interest in women, obtaining a series of "internships", you know, to observe, and get some hands on experience.
Well folks, if you were given $4.9 billion in subsidies from Uncle Sam, you just might throw a rocket into the air every once in a while.
As corporate dick-measuring contests go, this one is at least genuinely cool. At least to me. For Branson and Bezos.
But as herdgadfly pointed out, it would be nice if Elon Musk was capable of generating a dime of profit that didn't come from a taxpayer's pocket.
I keep hoping one of them will go ahead and start building a space elevator. That would truly open up the solar system.