In the 1950s, science writers envisioned a future in which individual citizens would own and use jetpacks as a primary mode of transportation. The vision was that the jetpack would free highways of congestion and allow personal mobility on a scale never before seen. Importantly, it became a metaphor for how technological advances by scientists and engineers would provide us with enormous freedom to pursue work and pleasure in new ways. Insights → The introduction of line-edited, syntax-based statistical analysis software like R has set us back 50 years, making statistical analysis harder than ever for the user.…
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