that's not even applied science, that's technologyI mostly agree with this.
People do not get that fundamental physics is over (you would not call seriously "string theory" "scientific" would you?).
I know I am repeating what Lord Kelvin said to his embarrassment just before great discoveries in relativistic physics, quantum physics, etc.
Nevertheless, that's truth: everything ends, everything has limits, humanity has limits and science has limits.
The clear indication that we are close to the limit is absence of ANY fundamental discoveries since a long time ago.
We are gradually shifting towards applied science and mere technology. All of three fields, basic science, applied science and technology are essential for humanity, but the fact is that the first one is almost over or probably over already.
Call them for what they are: Nobel Prizes in Technology
Future historians will look back at the XX century and say that is when the fundamental problems of science got sorted out.
Sure, there are a few things that seem only partially understood, and that a better understanding seems likely or possible. But for many of those things, it is possible that they will never be better understood than they are today.
What do we have to show for this century? Faster lasers. Gravity wave detection. Higgs boson detection. Better telescopes. Etc. But we haven't had any significant advances in fundamental physics in about 40 years.