This metamorphosis of single living entities or local ecosystems is taken for granted—it happens in nature every day, every minute, every second, everywhere. To some, it is science fiction to think of spacecraft in this way. But think of the implications upon modern manufacturing and the radical new products we can make on Earth to enhance our society.
As I said, we need to develop machines that will work with our people in the future. But today, we have to work together with a common purpose to make this vision a reality and to make sure America achieves its destiny in the new millennium. Every member of the partnership—government, industry, and academia—needs to contribute to researching and developing revolutionary technologies.
And I want to leave you with this thought. This is not going to happen with wishful thinking. This is not going to happen by scientific cannibalism. This is going to happen because this country must understand that unless it looks to the future, unless it does not take a vacation from long-term R&D, we may have problems beyond the twenty-first century. But I believe without a doubt that the American public will get it. The potential is there. All we have to do is reach out.