QuoteOriginally posted by: katastrofaQuantum optics had a boom in the 1980s thanks to the Star Wars program.This must have been the most lucrative research grants of all time. (with the possible exception of the 5th generation project when the West feared that Japan would take over the world, technologically speaking. Anyone remember Prolog??)Where would we be without quantum optics in our daily lives? what?
Quote Fifth Generation. This spooked the country, to say the least. It was actually believed that the Japanese could do this somehow because they were just smarter than we were. We were convinced the Japanese could accomplish anything ? even the impossible ? if they put their mind to it. Over time the Japanese spent millions of dollars oî this idiotic project and nothing came of it. Nothing except a lot of wheel spinning and a huge boost for artificial intelligence and a couple of little known programming languages: LISP and Prolog. These languages were thought to be part of the Fifth Generation puzzle, Prolog in particular.The American computer community jumped all over the languages and out of the blue artificial intelligence operations cropped up everywhere. Public offerings of weird companies plagued the stock market just as Internet stocks do today.Over time it was discovered that there wasn?t enough raw computation power to do any leap-frogging and the industry moved forward in lock-step with Moores law, no slower, no faster. The Fifth Generation project was a dud.