Think Big. Think REALLY Big.

Wired’s Gadget Lab blog unveil’s “10 Sci-Fi Techs We Could Build If They Weren’t So Damn Expensive,” including building a moonbase ($105 billion), a transatlantic tunnel (up to $10 trillion), and android armies ($1 billion a battalion).

But what made me drool is a suggested New York – L.A. Maglev Express. At a reasonable $70 billion, these magnetically propelled trains could take you from coast to coast in five hours at speeds matching jet aircraft.

I’ll leave it up to a naysayer in the comments to do the math on how long it would take for paying customers to recoup the costs.

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7 Replies to “Think Big. Think REALLY Big.”

  1. 70 billion almost seems reasonable, actually. That’s about what it would cost to builds subways in LA… and actually disappointingly close to what it cost to build the Big Dig in Boston.

    Seems like the issue would be security. Why bother blowing up planes when the trains will zip right by you at ground level.

  2. I’m pretty sure high speed rail between the coasts (and other major cities) was a key component of Paul Tsongas’ campaign in 1992. Could have been paid for and half-built already…

    $70 billion would be a steal for a service like this, especially if you could route it through other major cities like Chicago and D.C. on the way.

  3. Rumorsdaily wrote:

    Seems like the issue would be security. Why bother blowing up planes when the trains will zip right by you at ground level.

    My God, you’re right. Thank heavens nobody has ever actually built one of these so-called “trains” that travel on the ground.

    The GROUND, people! That’s RIGHT WHERE THE TERRORISTS ARE!!!!!@!@!@!

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