Just think about this. The government pours trillions of dollars a year into stupid little research programs. But why should the government even bother with that? Why should they care if somebody needs $5 Million a year to develop a two tailed monkey? In the end, it all really boils down to the fact that we have the technology, and other countries don't. Because we need to be the most powerful.

Now take war out of the equation. What are you left with? A world where perhaps we're a little lagging of the technology we have today. But a world at peace, and probably a better economic situation than we have been lately, with no real change in sight. I feel like i'm typing an essay, except it's actually interesting to think about.