Embracing Ignorance

I want to tell you a story.

In the 1960’s, Bell Laboratories in North Jersey built this funky-looking 20-foot antenna, this horn-shaped antenna, in North Jersey. It was a part of an experiment that they were doing with NASA called Project Echo, and the point of Project Echo was to bounce the signal from New Jersey off of a mylar balloon in space and then to a receiver in California, so that they could communicate basically, long distance communication before there were satellites, before there was any of that.

It didn’t really work.

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