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December 21, 2009

#678: Researcher Translation

Researcher Translation

((A table showing two columns. The left column is labeled “If a researcher says a cool new technology should be available to consumers in…”, and the right column is labeled “What they mean is…”))

[[The fourth quarter of next year - The project will be canceled in six months.]]

[[Five years - I’ve solved the interesting research problems. The rest is just business, which is easy, right?]]

[[Ten years - We haven’t finished inventing it yet, but when we do, it’ll be awesome.]]

[[25+ years - It has not been conclusively proven impossible.]]

[[We’re not really looking at market applications right now. - I like being the only one with a hovercar.]]