By Paul Morrone CFP®, CPA/PFS, MSA
When I was younger, everyone thought I was going to be an engineer. It didn’t seem entirely out of character back then, as I was (and still am) fascinated with how things work. While other children were reading the Hardy Boys, I was reading books about how planes fly and how cars are built. Even today, it’s not uncommon for me to get sucked into many of the Smithsonian or Discovery Channel shows that go into a painful amount of detail about engineering marvels or mega machines. In fact, this very topic came up in the latest episode of one of my favorite shows (Amazon’s ‘The Grand Tour’ – formerly BBC’s ‘Top Gear’) where one of the show’s hosts was talking about the evolution of automotive technology and how it has advanced since the construction of the Saturn V rocket (yes, the one that put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon). It’s a scary thought, but the engine management system on the Ford Fiesta has 10,000 times the computing power of the great Saturn IV, the most complex machine ever built. Try to comprehend that for a minute.