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August 25, 2012
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Don't you think it's time we join the rest of the world in adopting the International System of Units? The United States is the ONLY western country to NOT use it, and we are in the company of Burma and Liberia as the only countries who have NOT standardized on SI. Not company we should be proud of.
I'm in my 40s, and I learned this stuff when I was a kid because we were told that by the end of the 1970s we would convert to the SI/metric system. That didn't happen.
We, as citizens, can change this by first learning how to do the conversion in our heads, which will lead to understanding the system a lot more. Then we can intelligently start speaking it with others. It's time get with the rest of the world on this one. It starts with us and our willingness to change.
In the context of space travel and rockets, our refusal to adopt the metric system has already cost us over $300M USD when we lost the Mars Climate Orbiter in 1999.
America, wake up! Let's focus on education instead of entertainment so we can take back our place in the world as the greatest thinkers of the age! I am proud to see Musk, someone who chose to be an American, leading the way. Let us all lead by his example.
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