Here in the West, people often don't like listening to their leaders, even if they are right.
America is the spirit of human exploration distilled.
If you look at our current technology level, something strange has to happen to civilisations, and I mean strange in a bad way. And it could be that there are a whole lot of dead, one-planet civilisations.
I think the high-tech industry is used to developing new things very quickly. It's the Silicon Valley way of doing business: You either move very quickly and you work hard to improve your product technology, or you get destroyed by some other company.
No matter how hard you work, someone else is working harder.