Charles, I think there is a fine line betweeen journalistic responsibility for ethical reporting and the enthusiasm and vision that often propels technological advances. As long as the reporter is making it clear that what they are reporting are goals that are being worked towards - a thinking person should be able to distinguish between reserach and development and all that it entails and actually reaching a goal. It reminds me of the space race really - we need to dream big but we need to understand the "bigness" of the task.
While I agree with your first statement, taimoortariq, I do disagree with your second. While obviously you can't move forward with a product if it is not functional, non-functional issues can be very challenging - especially in regards to safety or even size/weight/environmental limitations. Sometimes getting it to work is the easy part, getting it to work within the requisite non-functional parameters that are required for a given application is the hard part.
You are right nancy, first thing they need to worry about is making the chemistry work. It is the biggest challenge that is yet to over come. Other non functional issues are relatively not much of a challenge.
AnandY, your comment reminds me of a statement made by a professor at Texas A&M, who blames reporters' zeal for much of the misinformation about electric cars. "Here, we are dealing with media sensationalism," said Mehrdad Ehsani, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Texas A&M, in a recent article. Ehsani says that reporters are derelict because "they are not really responsible five years from now for what they've said about electric cars."
@ Charles Murray, I have the same feeling that they might eventually succeed in making it work because of their attitude. Saying little about something that has a long way to go is the right way to go. There is no point in touting something that is still in the experimental and development stages. They will avoid the pressure that is often created by being in the news.
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