In the video above, Neil deGrasse gives a passionate plea for funding NASA on the grounds that it is really funding our dreams. It is in incredible and powerful speech; definitely worth a listen. NASA was certainly the dream maker for my generation. Arguably it inspired a generation of technical careers and was a significant inspiration for the entire technology revolution that we are living now.
It makes me wonder if there might be a new inspiration for a new generation. What are the new and exciting frontiers that we aren't sure we can conquer? Science Fiction has always been a bastion of forward looking ideas, but what have hey recently come up with that is well within our grasp already. I mean something big, like levitation. The DARPA Grand Challenge turned out to be too easy and solved too quickly. Maybe there is an X Prize that can inspire the next generation.
What do you think will inspire the next generation of revolutionary discoveries?