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Bernard M. Oliver
Born (1916-05-27)May 27, 1916
Died November 23, 1995(1995-11-23) (aged 79)
Santa Clara, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Fields scientist, engineer
Institutions Hewlett Packard
Known for Pulse-code modulation
Notable awards National Medal of Science (1986)
National Inventors Hall of Fame

Years of science fiction have produced a mindset that it is human destiny to expand from Earth, to the Moon, to Mars, to the stars.
Barney Oliver
Above all, I would not expect a wise race, at great expense, to set loose an army of self-replicating robots.
Barney Oliver
It would be a pity if, frustrated by the price of travel, we elected to become a society that never made contact, that never gave SETI a fair chance.
Barney Oliver
The sun and its retinue of planets drift as a group through the vast gulfs of space that separate the stars.
Barney Oliver
If interstellar travel is as time- or energy- demanding as the above figures indicate, it is far from obvious what the motive for colonization might be.
Barney Oliver
No one can deny the excitement of visiting another world.
In the past, on Earth, it has largely been to exploit foreign resources and to expand the domestic territory.
Barney Oliver
Present annual world energy consumption is about equal to the annihilation energy of 4 tons of matter.
Barney Oliver
Antimatter is not a source of energy for us, it's a method of storing energy, compact but inefficient.
Barney Oliver
The factor most ignored in discussing interstellar flight is the kinetic energy that must be invested in the ship to make its tons of matter move at a substantial fraction of the speed of light.
Barney Oliver