Editor's note: These remarks were presented by Ken Larner at the 1999 SEG Annual Meeting Technology Forum, Houston, Texas, U.S., 4 November 1999. The remarks also are available online at www.seg.org/publications/webonly.

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The emphasis in this talk is on R&D, which, although not synonymous with E&P technology development, is the essential enabler for future technology. My comments for this forum will be in the form of questions, with personal opinions—but no answers—attached. Perhaps they will inspire discussion among, and even some answers from, today's panelists and members of the audience. The ten questions here might seem afield from the optimistic...

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